The one-man-show, performed in Russian with subtitles and set to begin Oct. 15 at The New Riga, is co-created by its artistic director Alvis Hermanis and Baryshnikov. Spoken word and movement are woven together to reproduce Brodsky's poetry and his vivid spiritual world. According to a press statement, this "unique theatrical adventure" will take audiences "into an imagined world to viscerally experience Brodsky’s complicated, lyrical and potent wordplay." Brodsky and Baryshnikov had been friends for 22 years until the poet's death in 1966 and the ballet dancer has spoken fondly and publicly of their long-lasting friendship. This summer, Baryshnikov will once again reunite with Robert Wilson for another one-man-show, Letter to a Man, to be performed in Italy.
Baryshnikov was last seen on Broadway in Metamorphosis and on television in "Sex and the City" as Carrie Bradshaw's Russian lover.
Founded in 1992, the New Riga Theatre is a state repertory theatre that has performed all over the world. Brodksy/Baryshnikov is a co-production of The New Riga Theatre and Baryshnikov Productions. For more information visit jrt.lv.