(exclusive interview) from Altin Kaftira on Vimeo.
Exclusive film interview:
by creative filmmaker Altin Kaftira for Danspubliek
Former dancer/actor Mikhail Baryshnikov speaks with former dancer/filmmaker Altin Kaftira about the production 'In Paris' by Dmitry Krymov;
dance in general and opening up
ways to see art.
In Paris will be staged at Lincoln Center Festival August 1-5 August 2012.
Click here for a review of In Paris.
Mikhail Baryshnikov (born Riga, 1948) danced with the Kirov Ballet for five years, earning acclaim for his technical brilliance, his gravity-defying
leaps, and his dramatic interpretations of classical roles. In 1974 he settled in New York City as a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre.
In 1979, Baryshnikov moved from American Ballet Theatre to work with master choreographer George Balanchine at New York City Ballet. In 1980, he
returned to American Ballet Theatre, serving for 10 years as artistic director.
The Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) was established in 2005 to house the core activities of the Baryshnikov Dance Foundation.
In addition to his career in dance, Baryshnikov has pursued acting, starring in five films, including his Oscar-nominated performance in The Turning
Point. He has been on numerous television shows, among them three Emmy Award-winning specials. In 1989, he appeared on Broadway in Metamorphosis,
earning a Tony nomination and a Drama Critics Award. In 2011 Baryshnikov is to be seen in the stage production of In Paris by Russian famed director
Altin Kaftira is creative filmmaker and resident filmmaker at the Dutch National Ballet. Before his filming career Altin, Albanian from origin, was a
principal dancer at Dutch National Ballet and English National Ballet. He won 3rd prize in Choreographic Captures 2011 in Munich, Germany and was
a finalist of the East-End Film Festival and Dança em Foco in Rio de Janeiro. 'Personal Space is one of the best abstract dance movies we've seen for
a while. Lovely music and lighting, very ethereal' (Dances with Films Festival committee).
Altin's words about the interview: 'It was a very special moment for me personally as Mr. Baryshnikov was the dancer which I have idolized from
the distance since I was in the ballet school in Albania back in late '80. The first time I had the pleasure to watch him dance live on stage
was only in 2009 when Mr. Baryshnikov danced with Ana Laguna in Amsterdam.'
Altin Kaftira was allowed 30 minutes with the legendary dancer, photographer, actor and director of the Baryshnikov Arts Center. As the staging
of In Paris at the Noorderzon festival was being finalized there was no time to film actual material of the performance.
For a review see: review In Paris.
This interview is a co-production of Altin Kaftira/Dance2Film and Dance Proz Media (Danspubliek.nl) made possible by Noorderzon festival.
Altin Kaftira and Dance Proz Media would like to thank Mr. Baryshnikov for allowing the filmed interview and Noorderzon
festival for their facilitating it. Danspubliek likes to thank Altin Kaftira/Dance2Film for their splendid efforts.
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For more information about the Baryshnikov Arts Center see: www.bacnyc.org.
For more information about Altin Kaftira see: www.kaftira.com.
For more information about Noorderzon festival see: www.noorderzon.nl.
For a review on In Paris see: review In Paris.
Text sources: Baryshnikov Arts Center, Noorderzon festival