LXXXI Festival of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Event

BRODSKY/BARYSHNIKOV

Based on the poems of Joseph Brodsky

BRODSKY/BARYSHNIKOV is a one-man show based on the poems of Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky, performed by Mikhail Baryshnikov. Conceived and directed by Alvis Hermanis, noted Latvian director of The New Riga Theatre, BRODSKY/BARYSHNIKOV is an emotional journey deep into the poet’s visceral and complex compositions. Performed in Russian, Brodsky’s mother tongue, Baryshnikov recites a selection of his long-time friend’s poignant and eloquent works. His subtle physicality transports the audience into Hermanis’ reverent imagining of Brodsky’s interior world.

Copyright © 2015, The Estate of Joseph Brodsky
All rights reserved

Performed in Russian, with Italian surtitles.
Italian surtitles translation by Matteo Campagnoli.

Brodsky/Baryshnikov performances in Naples, Florence and Venice are partly supported by Emanuela Barilla.

Italy tour dates are arranged by Antonio Gnecchi Ruscone.

Artists

Director
Alvis Hermanis

Scenography
Kristīne Jurjāne

Light designer
Gleb Filshtinsky

Sound
Oļegs Novikovs

Lights
Lauris Johansons

Video
Ineta Sipunova

Costumes
Deanna Berg MacLean

Stage manager
Linda Zaharova

Stage technicians/Surtitles
Andris Skotelis and Kārlis Staņa

Tour manager
Elīna Adamaite

Music
Jim Wilson “God’s Chorus of Crickets”, Kārlis Tone

Production
The New Riga Theatre e Baryshnikov Productions
Actor
Mikhail Baryshnikov
MIKHAIL BARYSHNIKOV
Born 1948 in Riga, Latvia, Mikhail Baryshnikov is considered one of the greatest dancers of our time. After commencing a spectacular career with the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad, he came to the West in 1974, settling in New York City as principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre (ABT). In 1978 he joined New York City Ballet, where he worked with George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. A year later he was appointed artistic director of ABT where, for the next decade, he introduced a new generation of dancers and choreographers. From 1990-2002, Mr. Baryshnikov was director and dancer of the White Oak Dance Project, which he and choreographer Mark Morris co-founded to expand the repertoire and visibility of American modern dance. As an actor he has performed widely on- and off-Broadway, as well as in television and film, receiving a Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk Award for Metamorphosis, and an Academy Award nomination for The Turning Point. Other theatrical productions include Forbidden Christmas or The Doctor and the Patient, Beckett Shorts. In Paris, Man in a Case, The Old Woman and Letter to a Man. He is currently touring Brodsky/Baryshnikov, directed by Alvis Hermanis. In 2005, he launched Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) in New York City, a creative space designed to support multidisciplinary artists from around the globe. Among Mr. Baryshnikov’s many awards are the Kennedy Center Honors, the National Medal of Arts, the Commonwealth Award, the Chubb Fellowship, the Jerome Robbins Award, and the Vilcek Award. In 2010, he was given the rank of Officer of the French Legion of Honor, and in 2017 he received Japan’s prestigious Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award in Theatre/Film.

ALVIS HERMANIS
Born 1965 in Riga, Latvia, Alvis Hermanis was recently named among the ten most influential European theatre personalities of the last decade by DU Magazine Swiss periodical for arts and culture. Mr. Hermanis currently works with major European theatre companies, including Burgtheater Vienna, Schaubühne Berlin, Münchner Kammerspiele, and Schauspielhaus Zürich; and in opera houses including Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Opéra National de Paris, Staatsoper im Schiller Theater in Berlin, Wiener Staatsoper, and La Monnaie Brussels. He has staged operas at the Salzburger Festspiele since 2012. His opera stagings include among others Il Trovatore featuring Placido Domingo and Anna Netrebko (2014) and Die Liebe der Danae (2016) at the Salzburger Festspiele, La Damnation de Faust featuring Jonas Kaufman with Opéra National de Paris in 2015, I due Foscari featuring Placido Domingo and Madama Butterfly with Teatro alla Scala in 2016, and Parsifal at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2017. Mr. Hermanis’s theatre productions have been presented at major theatre festivals ranging from Avignon to Edinburgh, and have toured to more than 40 countries. His many accolades include the Europe Prize New Theatre Realities, the Stanislavsky Award, two Golden Mask Awards (Moscow), Max Reinhardt Pen (Salzburger Festspiele), Nestroy Preis (Austria), and the Konrad Wolf Award (Germany). He has been artistic director of The New Riga Theatre since 1997.

THE NEW RIGA THEATRE is a state repertory theatre founded in 1992, led by artistic director Alvis Hermanis since 1997. The Company is comprised of 16 actors. The New Riga Theatre has performed at major festivals around the world, including Festival d'Avignon, The Edinburgh International Festival, Wiener Festwochen, Salzburger Festspiele, Holland Festival, BITEF, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, and, to date, has toured to more than 200 towns and cities in 40 countries, both in Europe and overseas. For more information, visit http://www.jrt.lv.

BARYSHNIKOV PRODUCTIONS is an independent producing company based in New York City, designed to bring the voices of distinctive directors, choreographers and artists to the world’s most respected stages. Under this umbrella, the company has produced and toured the White Oak Dance Project (1990-2002), Forbidden Christmas or The Doctor and Patient (2004-06), Beckett Shorts (2007), In Paris (2010-12), Man in a Case (2012-14), The Old Woman (2013-15) and Letter to a Man (2015-17).
Dates

Tue 3 July, ore 20:00
Wed 4 July, ore 20:00
Thu 5 July, ore 20:00

Prices
Stalls 1 € 80
Stalls 2 € 60
Stalls 3 € 45
Stalls 4 € 25
Where

Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Piazzale Vittorio Gui, 1
50144 Firenze

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