Hermanis' Brodsky/Baryshnikov goes to London

In May the Apollo Theater in London's West End will host Mikhail Baryshnikov's one-man show based on the poems of Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky and directed by Alvis Hermanis, reported LondonTheatre.co.uk.

In the play, Hermanis and Baryshnikov lead the viewers into an imaginary landscape of Brodsky's complex, lyrical and punchy play of words. Brodsky/Baryshnikov will reveal the world of the poet in Brodsky's native Russian with text and movement.

Baryshnikov's performances are popular internationally and in Latvia, which he toured last year with a performance of A Letter to a Man and the utterly sold-out Brodsky/Baryshnikov in the year before.

Brodsky/Baryshnikov caused a sensation in Latvia's art world with tickets reportedly changing hands for up to €1,000 on the night of the premiere.

The Latvian parliament recently discussed granting citizenship to Baryshnikov, a US citizen born in Riga under Soviet occupation. 

"Riga still serves as a place where I find artistic inspiration" said Baryshnikov, before expressing his willingness to accept citizenship in an application to the Saeima.

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