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Words of the Week: Mikhail Baryshnikov

I’ve always adored Mikhail Baryshnikov. But now I have an additional reason to appreciate him.

Meeting recently with the press in Israel, where he is starring in a play (Dmitry Krymov’s stage adaptation of Nobel Laureate Ivan Bunin’s [1870 – 1953] short story, “In Paris,” performed in Russian with Hebrew subtitles), Baryshnikov gave the following answer when pressed about politics:

“I’m not taking sides in any conflict. Art should heal and not divide. I would not give advice to any person; I don’t live in Israel and am not entitled. I deeply admire this country and love these people.”

Bravo–and thank you–Misha.

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  1. I echo your feelings. When I was little I used to watch his ballets on PBS and he inspired me to love the art and athleticism of ballet. But like you said, this is even more reason to admire the man. What a find! Thanks for sharing.

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