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Mikhail Baryshnikov on "The Orchard"

At the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City, dancer and actor Mikhail Baryshnikov stars in an adaptation of Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard," a story whose themes of loss and freedom echo with Russia's invasion of Ukraine. He talks with correspondent Anthony Mason about the production, and how the dancer, who has remained largely non-political since his 1974 defection from the Soviet Union, says he can no longer stay silent over what he calls Putin's war.
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Mikhail Baryshnikov on criticizing Vladimir Putin: "I will be 75 years old. What have I to lose?"

World-renowned ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov made international headlines when he defected from the Soviet Union in 1974. He has remained largely non-political ever since. Now, Baryshnikov tells Anthony Mason in an interview for "CBS Sunday Morning," that he can no longer stay silent about Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The interview will be broadcast June 19 on CBS and streamed on Paramount+.
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Mikhail Baryshnikov: Putin "does not care about people at all"

In this preview of an interview with "CBS Sunday Morning" to be broadcast June 19, the world-renowned ballet dancer, who defected from the Soviet Union in 1974, talks with correspondent Anthony Mason about Russia's war on Ukraine, and speaks out against Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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In ‘The Orchard’ Jessica Hecht Shares the Stage With Mikhail Baryshnikov And a Robot

The first, and last, person seen shuffling (in tiny Tim Conway-like steps) across the stage of the Jerome Robbins Theater at the Baryshnikov Arts Center is Mikhail Baryshnikov himself, in a rare acting turn. He is Firs, the ancient, faithful-to-a-fault manservant of The Orchard (as the Chekhov play is known in this production), cutting a zigzag trail through cherry blossoms that have fallen from an early frost.
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Mikhail Baryshnikov Doesn’t Care About The Risks Or Consequences Of Criticizing Vladimir Putin As A Russian

Enemies and critics of Vladimir Putin have been known to end up dead, but even as a Russian, Mikhail Baryshnikov isn’t afraid. What a thing to behold. Back in the mid 1980s, Baryshnikov starred in White Nights as a ballet dancer singled out as a Russian defective who must plot his way to freedom. Fast forward a few decades, and the one-time Sex And The City actor is reflecting (during a CBS Sunday Morning interview) upon how Russians are inherently pressured to not criticize their government. Of course, protests show that this still happens, although authorities are known to still round up protesters, and if one is a political opponent to Putin, like opposition leader Alexei Nalvany, then there’s ongoing imprisonment as a part of the prescription of punishment.
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Ruth Leon recommends… Mikhail Baryshnikov and Jessica Hecht in Chekhov

The Orchard, a hybrid production for in-person audiences and virtual theatregoers, starts this week in New York. It is an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s great play The Cherry Orchard by Ukrainian-born theatre director Igor Golyak. It stars Jessica Hecht as Ranevskaya and Mikhail Baryshnikov, who will play both Anton Chekhov and Firs, and Juliet Brett as Anya.
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Mikhail Baryshnikov: Russians must know what Putin is doing in their name

The dance legend is getting involved in an information campaign. Soon it will be fifty years that I no longer live in Russia: I spent all these years of my life in a free society, but I grew up in Latvia, the son of a Russian official who was once the Urss. My family took part in an occupation. Despite this, even occupied Latvia was more open and European than Russia then. As a result, I am a product of Europe, Russia and, of course, the United States. For what it’s worth, my thoughts are influenced by this triple optics.
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‘SATC’s Mikhail Baryshnikov Urges Russians To Help Ukranian Refugees: ‘Unite Against War’

Mikhail Baryshnikov, who defected from Russia in the 1970s, is showing his support to Ukraine by urging Russians to aide refugees affected by the horrific attacks by Russia. A new fundraiser has been organized by Russian-born citizens to aide Ukranian refugees amidst Russia’s attacks on the country. Mikhail Baryshnikov is one of the leaders of the True Russia initiative, which urges fellow Russians to do whatever they can to help the Ukranians amidst this “true humanitarian catastrophe.”
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Stay entertained inside today with streams from George Salazar and Mikhail Baryshnikov

If the cold and rainy weather has put a damper on your outdoor Memorial Day weekend plans and you’re looking for something memorable to do, you can enjoy the holiday inside with online shows from two top stars. Broadway sensation George Salazar and ballet legend Mikhail Baryshnikov are both streaming today, with brand new offerings that are sure to keep you entertained and make you forget about the cloudy skies.
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