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EDIZIONE 2015THEATRELETTER TO A MAN
Robert Wilson
Mikhail Baryshnikov

LETTER TO A MAN



direction, set design, lighting concept Robert Wilson
with Mikhail Baryshnikov

based on the Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky
text by Christian Dumais-Lvowski 
dramaturgy Darryl Pinckney

music curated by Hal Willner
costumes and make up Jacques Reynaud
collaboration to movements and spoken text Lucinda Childs
lighting design A.J. Weissbard
associate set design Annick Lavallée-Benny
associate director Nicola Panzer
sound design Nick Sagar / Ella Wahlstrm
video design Tomek Jeziorski
assistant director  Fani Sarantari
stage manager Thaiz Bozano
stage engineering Mauro Farina
technical director Chris McKee 
lighting supervisor Marcello Lumaca
make up Natalia Leniartek
production delegate Simona Fremder

a Change Performing Arts and Baryshnikov Productions project
commissioned by Spoleto Festival dei 2Mondi, BAM for the 2016 Next Wave Festival, Cal Performances University of California Berkeley, Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA
in collaboration with Teatros del Canal MadridLes Ballets de Monte-Carlo/Monaco Dance Forum

executive production CRT Milano

a special thank to the Vaslav and Romola Nijinsky Estate

in English and Russian with Italian subtitles curated by Prescott Studio, Firenze

computer lighting control E.T.C. Italia www.etcconnect.com    


Iconic director Robert Wilson and legendary performer Mikhail Baryshnikov are joining artistic forces to create a new performance work based on the famous diaries of Russian dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky who, in his prime, was recognized as the most celebrated male dancer in the Western world, performing with Sergei Diaghilev’s renowned Ballets Russes. The project is the second collaboration for Mr. Wilson and Mr. Baryshnikov, whose production of Daniil Kharms’ The Old Woman, featuring Mr. Baryshnikov and Willem Dafoe, has been touring nationally and internationally to critical acclaim.

Of Nijinsky’s diaries, first published in 1936, American author Henry Miller wrote: "It is a communication so naked, so desperate, that it breaks the mold. We are face to face with reality, and it is almost unbearable...had he not gone to the asylum we would have had in Nijinsky a writer equal to the dancer." 

Letter to a Man is a theatrical work performed by Mikhail Baryshnikov, who enters the fragmented mind of the great dance artist as he descends into madness. As always in Wilson’s works movements, text, lights, set and music are equal parts of the same creation where, as he says,  "all theatre is dance".


ROBERT WILSON
Born in Waco, Texas, Robert Wilson is among the world’s foremost theater and visual artists. His works for the stage unconventionally integrate a wide variety of artistic media, including dance, movement, lighting, sculpture, music, and text. After being educated at the University of Texas and Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute, Wilson founded the New York-based performance collective "The Byrd Hoffman School of Byrds" in the mid-1960s, and developed his first signature works, including Deafman Glance (1970) and A Letter for Queen Victoria (1974-1975). With Philip Glass he wrote the seminal opera Einstein on the Beach (1976). Wilson’s artistic collaborators include many writers and musicians such as Heiner Mller, Tom Waits, Susan Sontag, Laurie Anderson, William Burroughs, Lou Reed and Jessye Norman. Wilson’s drawings, paintings and sculptures have been presented around the world in hundreds of solo and group showings, and his works are held in private collections and museums throughout the world. Wilson has been honored with numerous awards for excellence, including a Pulitzer Prize nomination, two Premio Ubu awards, the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale, and an Olivier Award. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters and France pronounced him Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres. Wilson is the founder and Artistic Director of The Watermill Center, a laboratory for performing arts in Water Mill, New York. 

MIKHAIL BARYSHNIKOV
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, Baryshnikov was director and dancer of the White Oak Dance Project, which he and choreographer Mark Morris co-founded to expand the repertoire and visibility of American modern dance. 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. Other productions include Forbidden Christmas or The Doctor and the Patient, Beckett Shorts, In Paris, Man in a Case, and The Old Woman. He is currently working on two solo theater projects, Letter to a Man with Robert Wilson and Brodsky/Baryshnikov with 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. Under his leadership as artistic director, BAC’s programs serve more than 700 artists and 22,000 audience members annually. Among Baryshnikov’s many awards are the Kennedy Center Honors, the National Medal of Honor, the Commonwealth Award, the Chubb Fellowship, the Jerome Robbins Award, and the 2012 Vilcek Award. In 2010, he was given the rank of Officer of the French Legion of Honor. 
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