Mikhail Baryshnikov to Be Honored at Hubbard Dance 2014 Spotlight Ball, 5/19
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, currently presenting Season 36 in Chicago and on tour across the U.S. and abroad, is delighted to announce the company's annual Spotlight Ball at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park on Monday, May 19, 2014.
Tony- and Oscar-nominated performer Mikhail Baryshnikov, Kennedy Center Honoree and recipient of the National Medal of Honor, will attend and accept Hubbard Street's 2014 Spotlight Award.
Says Hubbard Street Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton: "Mikhail Baryshnikov is an artist for whom I have the utmost respect and admiration. His success in advocating for and popularizing dance as an art form, at the very highest level, goes back to the year our founder, Lou Conte, opened his first studio on Hubbard Street. The appreciation that Hubbard Street enjoys worldwide today is due in no small part to the groundwork laid by Misha over four decades in the U.S., across nearly every conceivable platform. I'm quite honored and moved to be able to thank him personally at our gala."
Says Mikhail Baryshnikov: "I look at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's history and truly appreciate its goals and mission. The company has roots in classic forms and techniques, but is always evolving, always looking for something new in dance. Hubbard Street's directors and administrators nurture the next generation of dance artists, and believe strongly in the importance of arts education."
Further details about Hubbard Street's Season 36 Spotlight Ball including additional honorees, program information, entertainment, auction items and more will be announced at a later date. Spotlight Ball Reservations begin at $600 per guest; table reservations and sponsorship opportunities start at $6,000. All proceeds from the Spotlight Ball support Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's education, community and artistic programs. To purchase tickets, please contact Jeanne Newman, Hubbard Street's Manager of Individual Giving and Special Events, at 312-850-9744 ext. 130, or via email at email@example.com.
Mikhail Baryshnikov, a native of Riga, Latvia, began studying ballet at the age of 9. As a teenager, he attended the Vaganova Choreographic School in Leningrad, graduating from student to principal dancer of the Kirov Ballet in 1969. In 1974, he left the Soviet Union to dance with major ballet companies around the world including the New York City Ballet, where he worked with renowned choreographers including George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. In 1980 he began a 10-year tenure as artistic director of American Ballet Theatre, nurturing a new generation of dancers and choreographers. From 1990 to 2002, he was director and dancer with the White Oak Dance Project, which he co-founded with choreographer Mark Morris. In 2005, he opened the Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC), a creative home for local and international artists to develop and present work. He has appeared on Broadway in Metamorphosis, for which he received a Tony nomination and Drama Desk Award, and Off-Broadway in Forbidden Christmas or The Doctor and the Patient (Lincoln Center Festival), Beckett Shorts (New York Theatre Workshop), In Paris (Berkeley Rep, the Broad Stage, Lincoln Center Festival, and an international tour), and most recently in The Old Woman