BRODSKY/BARYSHNIKOV Coming to Boston This Winter

BRODSKY/BARYSHNIKOV Coming to Boston This Winter

Cherry Orchard Festival, a leading presenter of International Artists, theater companies and orchestras, will present the Boston premiere of the critically-acclaimed play BRODSKY / BARYSHNIKOV January 17-21, 2018 at the Cutler Majestic Theatre (219 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116).

Pre-sale for the ArtsEmerson season ticket-holders will start on October 3, 2017. Tickets $45 - $150 will go on sale on October 5, 2017 and will be available online at www.cutlermajestic.org, at the Cutler Majestic Box Office (Tue-Sat: 10 AM to 6 PM. Sun - Mon: Closed) or by phone 617.824.8400. The tour will continue in Toronto at the Wintergarden Theatre on January 24-27, 2018 and later in Chicago at the Harris Theatre on February 2-4, 2018.

BRODSKY / BARYSHNIKOV is a one-man show based on the poems of Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky, performed by legendary dancer/actor Mikhail Baryshnikov. Conceived and directed by Alvis Hermanis, BRODSKY / BARYSHNIKOV 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. His subtle physicality transports the audience into Hermanis' reverent imagining of Brodsky's interior world.

Born in Latvia in 1948, Baryshnikov is considered one of the greatest dancers of our time. After commencing a spectacular career with the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), he settled in New York City as principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre ultimately becoming artistic director. In 1979 he joined New York City Ballet, where he worked with George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. 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. In 2005, he launched Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) in New York City, a creative space for presenting and nurturing multidisciplinary artists from around the globe.

Also from Latvia, Hermanis' theatrical 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, Max Reinhardt Pen, Nestroy Preis, and the Konrad Wolf Award. He has been artistic director of The New Riga Theatre since 1997.

BRODSKY / BARYSHNIKOV is presented by the Cherry Orchard Festival and co-produced by The New Riga Theatre and Baryshnikov Productions. The show opens in Boston on January 17, 2018 and runs until January 21 at the Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116. Tickets are priced at $45 - $150. For more information, visit www.cutlermajestic.org or call the Box Office at 617.824.8400. For group sales, contact the Cherry Orchard Festival Foundation directly by phone 800.349.0021 or email info@cherryorchardfestival.org.

BRODSKY / BARYSHNIKOV is performed in Russian with English surtitles/translation by Jamey Gambrell.

BRODSKY / BARYSHNIKOV premiered at the New Riga Theatre, Riga, Latvia, October 15, 2015.

BRODSKY / BARYSHNIKOV premiered in North America, presented by the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York, at the Jerome Robbins Theater, March 9, 2016.

BRODSKY / BARYSHNIKOV is based on the poems of Joseph Brodsky. Copyright © 2015, The Estate of Joseph Brodsky. All rights reserved.

Cherry Orchard Festival, produced by the Cherry Orchard Festival Foundation, has built a solid reputation for presenting moving and intriguing concerts and theatrical productions by International Artists and ensembles to audiences across America. The festival's mission is to initiate and promotes global cultural activity and exchange of ideas to an inter-generational audience through entertaining and educational programming and events in all genres. The team is committed to providing the finest entertainment, exceptional musical performances and enlightening educational programs to its patrons. For tickets and information visit www.CherryOrchardFestival.org.

Joseph Brodsky was born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) in 1940 and immigrated to the United States in 1972. He began writing poetry in the 1950s but his works were not published in his native country until the 1990s. Five books of his poetry in Russian were published abroad: Ostanovka v pustyne (1970; revised 1989), Konets prekrasnoi epokhi (1977), Chast' rechi (1977), Novye stansy k Avguste (1983), Uraniia (1984), and Peizazh s navodneniem (1996). As an émigré he published three books of poetry in English: So Forth (1996), To Urania (1988), and A Part of Speech (1977). On Grief and Reason, his second collection of essays, was published in 1996. His first collection of essays, Less Than One (1986), received the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1986, and three of his essays have appeared in The Best American Essays. A long essay on Venice was published in English as Watermark in 1992. He is also the author of two plays, Marbles (1989) and Democracy! (1990,1993). He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1987 and served as Poet Laureate of the United States for 1991 and 1992. He died in January, 1996.

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 1979 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, a modern dance company he co-founded with choreographer Mark Morris. 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. He is currently performing in two solo theatrical productions, Letter to a Man directed by Robert Wilson and Brodsky/Baryshnikov directed by Alvis Hermanis. In 2005, he launched Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) in New York City, a creative space for presenting and nurturing multidisciplinary artists from around the globe. 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.

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 www.jrt.lv.

Baryshnikov Productions is designed to bring the distinctive voices of innovative directors, choreographers, and artists to the world's most well respected stages. Under this umbrella, the company has produced and toured the White Oak Dance Project (1990-2002), Forbidden Christmas or The Doctor and the Patient (2004-06), Beckett Shorts (2007), In Paris (2010-12), Man in a Case (2013-14), and The Old Woman (2013-14). Current touring productions are Brodsky/Baryshnikov and Letter to a Man.


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