Brodsky / Baryshnikov

Submitted by Ann Fink on Thu, 11/30/2017 - 8:11pm
Pictured: Mikhail Baryshnikov. Photo by Janis Deinats
Friday, February 2, 2018 - 8:00pm to Sunday, February 4, 2018 - 2:00pm

Cherry​​​​​ Orchard​​​​​ Festival​, ​​​​​a​​​​​ leading ​​​​​presenter ​​​​​of ​​​​​international​​​​​ artists, ​​​​​theater companies ​​​​​and ​​​​​orchestras, ​​​​​presents ​​​​​the​​​​​ Chicago ​​​​​premiere​​​​​ of ​​​​​the ​​​​​critically-acclaimed​​​​​ play “Brodsky/Baryshnikov,”​​​conceived ​​​and directed ​​​by​​​ Alvis ​​​Hermanis starring​​​ Mikhail​​​​ Baryshnikov​​​​ at ​​​​​the ​​​​​Harris​​​ Theater ​​​for​​​ Music​​​ and Dance,​​​ Feb. ​​​2-4. ​​​​

 

Brodsky​​​ /​​​ Baryshnikov”​​​​​​​ is​​​​​ a ​​​​​one-man​​​​​ show ​​​​​based​​​​​ on ​​​​​the ​​​​​poems ​​​​​of ​​​​​Nobel ​​​​​Laureate​​​​​Joseph​ ​Brodsky,​​​ performed​​​​​ by ​​​​​legendary ​​​​​dancer/actor​​​​​​ Mikhail​​​​​Baryshnikov.​​​​​ It​​​​​​​ is​​​​​ an ​​​​​emotional ​​​​​journey​ ​deep ​​​​​into ​​​​​the ​​​​​poet’s ​​​​​visceral ​​​​​and ​​​​​complex ​​​compositions.​​​​​ Performed​​​​​ in ​​​​​Russian​​​​​ and​​​​​​ subtitled​​​​​​ in​ ​English,​​​​​ Baryshnikov ​​​​​recites​​​​​ a​​​​​ selection​​​​​ of ​​​​​his ​​​long-time​​​​​ friend’s ​​​​​poignant​​​​​ and​​​​​ eloquent​​​​​ works​​​and his ​​​subtle ​​​​​physicality​​​​​ transports​​​​​ the ​​​​​audience​​​​​ into​​​ Hermanis’ ​​​​​reverent​​​​​ imagining​​​​​ of​​​​​ Brodsky’s​ ​interior​​​​​ world.​​​The​​​ U.K.’s​​​ The ​​​Stage​​​ hails ​​​the ​​​work​​​ as ​​​“a​​​ deeply​​​ felt ​​​tribute…poignant,”​​​ and What’s on ​​​Stage​​​ calls ​​​it,​​​ “a ​​​gift​​​ from​​​ one ​​​great​​​ artist​​​ to ​​​another,​​​ a​​​ debt​​​ of​​​ love…you​​​ can​​​ hear​​​ a ​​​pin​​​ drop ​​​as the ​​​90-minutes ​​​unfolds.”

“Brodsky ​​​/​​​ Baryshnikov”​​​ premiered​​​ at ​​​the ​​​New ​​​Riga​​​ Theatre,​​​ Riga,​​​ Latvia ​​​in​​​ Oct.​​​15,​​​ 2015​​​ and​​​ had its ​​​North​​​American​​​ premiere ​​​at ​​​the ​​​Baryshnikov ​​​Arts ​​​Center’s​​​ Jerome ​​​Robbins ​​​Theater,​​​ March ​​​9, 2016.​​​ The ​​​New ​​​York​​​Times ​​​said​​​ of​​​ Baryshnikov’s​​​performance,​​​“He​​​ is ​​​arguably​​​ most​​​ entrancing, and​​​ most​​​ deeply​​​ immersed ​​​in​​​ the​​​language…It’s​​​ as ​​​if​​​ the ​​​language ​​​is ​​​a ​​​current​​​ of​​​ energy ​​​activating not​​​ just​​​ his​​​ mind ​​​but​​​ his ​​​entire ​​​body; ​​​you​​​sense ​​​that​​​ he ​​​feels ​​​its ​​​presence​​​ inside ​​​him​​​ down ​​​to​​​ his fingertips.”

 

Press​​​ opening ​​​is​​​ Friday, ​​​Feb.​​​ 2,​​​ 8​​​ p.m.​​​ Additional performances ​​​are​​​ Saturday,​​​ Feb.​​​3,​​​ 8​​​ p.m.​​​and​​​ Sunday, ​​​Feb.​​​4,​​​ 2​​​ p.m.​​​​​​​​ Tickets​​​ go ​​​on​​​ sale​​​ Oct.​​​11 at ​​​noon ​​​and​​​ are ​​​$45-$150.​​​ For ​​​tickets​​​ or ​​​more ​​​information ​​​visit​​​ harristheaterchicago.org​​​ or​​​ call 312.334.7777.

 

"Brodsky​​​ /​​​ Baryshnikov" ​​​​​​​​is​​​ performed​​​ in ​​​Russian​​​ with​​​ English​​​ surtitles/translation ​​​by​​​ Jamey Gambrell.​​​“Brodsky​​​/​​​Baryshnikov”​​​ is​​​ based​​​ on ​​​the ​​​poems ​​​of​​​ Joseph​​​ Brodsky,​​​ Copyright ​​​©​​​ 2015, The ​​​Estate​​​ of​​​ Joseph ​​​Brodsky.​​​ All​​​ rights​​​ reserved.

Location and contact
Harris Theater for Music and Dance
205 ​​​E.​​​ Randolph ​​​Dr.​​​​
Chicago  Illinois  60601
United States