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 LaureateJoseph Brodsky, performed by legendary dancer/actor MikhailBaryshnikov. 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 worksand 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 NorthAmerican premiere at the Baryshnikov Arts Center’s Jerome Robbins Theater, March 9, 2016. The New YorkTimes said of Baryshnikov’sperformance,“He is arguably most entrancing, and most deeply immersed in thelanguage…It’s as if the language is a current of energy activating not just his mind but his entire body; yousense 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.