Talk:Mikhail Baryshnikov

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edit·history·watch·refresh Stock post message.svg To-do list for Mikhail Baryshnikov:
  • Reference the article
  • Find and add additional images
  • Give it a thorough copyedit
  • Expand section on Dance (highlights of career, notable projects, artistic - conceptual contributions, influence, etc.)

Inconsistent Wikipedia Entries for Marital Status[edit]

This article says Baryshnikov and Lisa Rinehart are not married. The Wikipeia entry for Lisa Rinehart says Rinehart is married to BaryshnikovTomandzeke (talk) 07:01, 4 May 2013 (UTC)

How old was Baryshnikov when he started dancing?[edit]

He joined his first dance academy at age 12 in 1960.

His nationality[edit]

While the article says he was born in Latvia, he is called a Russian. Can anyone clarify? Alpheus 23:25, 29 June 2006 (UTC)

From what I can gather from this interview he was born and raised in Latvia to a Russian father who was one of the "occupiers" (Baryshnikov's word). So you could make a case that he is Latvian or Russian. Just to confuse things further, he's now an American. He's been an American citizen for decades, and he lives and works (mostly) in the USA. What are the Wiki standards for refering to the nationality of immigrants? SnappingTurtle 16:15, 26 December 2006 (UTC)

Let's not confuse nationality as belonging to a specfic country or region, and ethnicity as being a member of a particular ethnic group. Just because he was born and raised in Latvia, it does not make him Latvian in the ethnic sense - he is Russian by ethnicity because his parents were Russian. I was born in the former USSR as well. My birthplace is Belarus, but I lived in Uzbekistan from the time I was three and until 22 - when we moved to US. My primary language is Russian (well, it was - until I came here.) What does it make me? Ethnically, I am neither Belarussian, or Uzbek, or Russian... Ellochka 03:48, 16 March 2007 (UTC)

Can you (or anyone else) provide evidence that both his parents are / were Russian? Then that can be added to the article. At the moment, it is ambiguous in that he is described as Russian, yet born in Latvia. Parentage is relevant, so should be on the article. In addition, it should be stated whether he has siblings, and whether his parents are dead or alive. Nietzsche 2 (talk) 04:26, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

Cultural depictions of Mikhail Baryshnikov[edit]

I've started an approach that may apply to Wikipedia's Core Biography articles: creating a branching list page based on in popular culture information. I started that last year while I raised Joan of Arc to featured article when I created Cultural depictions of Joan of Arc, which has become a featured list. Recently I also created Cultural depictions of Alexander the Great out of material that had been deleted from the biography article. Since cultural references sometimes get deleted without discussion, I'd like to suggest this as a model for the editors here. Regards, Durova 15:59, 17 October 2006 (UTC)

Well, here they are his actual appearance on film and television. I don't think they'll be deleted, though I like your concept. -- Zanimum 17:29, 13 November 2006 (UTC)

Aleksandr Pushkin[edit]

The link on the page leads to famous russian poet who lived way before Baryshnikov was born. If somebody has information on Baryshnikov's teacher, please write the correct info, or it least this link should be taken away.

Dead link[edit]

The link "Backstage with Baryshnikov" appears to be a parked page; link should be removed. 76.171.136.203 18:10, 31 January 2007 (UTC) william turner, independent scholar

Birthday[edit]

I've edited his birthdate, as it was incorrectly given as January 28th, instead of the 27th. I know, because I share my birthday with him (and it is given as the 27th on pretty much any other website about him). —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 213.170.148.130 (talk) 12:39, 20 March 2007 (UTC).

It is the 28th according to his biography on the Iconoclasts website. --PhantomS 13:58, 20 March 2007 (UTC)
Encylopedia Brittanica [1] and IMDB [2] also give the 28th, though Oxford Dictionary of Dance has the 27th. And in an interview with Details magazine [3] they remind him that he shares a birthday with Mozart, January 27, and he doesn't say that's the wrong date. ThomWatson (talk) 19:39, 20 November 2015 (UTC)

Misha's Birthday is on the 27th of January, according to the book, Baryshnikov in Black and White and most other biography's will tell you also. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 60.242.149.76 (talk) 14:07, 6 July 2008 (UTC)

I agree! His birthday is on the 27th not 28th. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 60.242.149.76 (talk) 12:26, 19 August 2008 (UTC)

Restaurant[edit]

Doesn't he own a Russian restaurant in the city? I don't remember the name, it's across the street from the russian vodka room. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 68.192.56.42 (talk) 14:18, 12 September 2007 (UTC)

Yes, he does it is called the russian Samovar http://www.russiansamovar.com/ he partly owns it. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 60.242.149.76 (talk) 14:09, 6 July 2008 (UTC)

Desperate need of expansion[edit]

I rewrote the lead (and removed the tag in the To-Do list above) and added some biographical details. It do think it is borderline criminal that the section of on "Film and Television" takes up a third of the article, while the section on "Dance" consists of three lines, one of which harps on his stature! Expansion of discussion on his work as a Dancer and Choreographer would be greatly appreciated! - Eliezg (talk) 00:40, 25 December 2007 (UTC)

Classical, for this Baryshnikov recently said something about:
On a lighter note, one attendee observed that a younger generation  knows Baryshnikov not as a brilliant dancer but as Aleksandr Petrovsky,  Carrie Bradshaw’s love interest in the popular television series Sex  and the City.
“Isn’t that a horrifying thought!” laughed Baryshnikov  before explaining that although he enjoyed this acting gig, he does not  miss playing the role.

From: http://www.danceinisrael.com/2010/06/mikhail-baryshnikov-and-ana-laguna-to-perform-in-israel/ —Preceding unsigned comment added by Talgalili (talkcontribs) 21:13, 24 June 2010 (UTC)

Various quotes to add to the article[edit]

Hi all,

Baryshnikov recently visited Israel to perform. During that time he attended a press conference where he gave various quotes reflecting his take on various issues. I am unsure as to where to add these quotes, since the article is mostly devoid of them.

I ended up just adding the link at the "external links" section: http://www.danceinisrael.com/2010/06/mikhail-baryshnikov-and-ana-laguna-to-perform-in-israel/

Although I am not sure it should be there, but rather some parts of it should be extracted into the article itself.

What do you think? Talgalili (talk) 21:19, 24 June 2010 (UTC)

Inconsistent Wikipedia Entries for Marital Status[edit]

This article says Baryshnikov and Lisa Rinehart are not married. The Wikipeia entry for Lisa Rinehart says Rinehart is married to BaryshnikovTomandzeke (talk) 06:59, 4 May 2013 (UTC)

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Art Not War[edit]

Should we include information about his work with the organization Art Not War? [4] -- Willthacheerleader18 (talk) 20:48, 17 August 2016 (UTC)

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