He is the preeminent male figure dancing contemporary of the late 1960s and early 1970s. However, he pursued a career as an award-winning movie choreographer instead. He gained international recognition for his work in such movies as Dance, Liza, Vegas, Starmine, The Nutcracker, and Hair. Following his dance performances, Baryshnikov established himself as an established choreographer with notable choreography in such films as Chicago, Viva Zapata, Mutual Dependence, and Swing.
After his retirement from dancing, Baryshnikov pursued other interests, teaching dancing to deaf and dumb people in Russia and abroad, and conducting research in the field of Western dance technique. He spent a number of years living and working in the United States, traveling to New York City, Paris, England, and California. Because of this he has had a very varied career. While living in New York, he choreographed the opening ceremony for the first ballet in America, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He also choreographed the opening ceremony for the British National Opera. He taught dancing to deaf and dumb people in Russia and choreographed for the San Francisco Symphony.
In addition to choreographing ballets and other performing arts, he became well known as a teacher and mentor of Soviet dance. He developed a group of male dancers who were practicing at the Moscow Arts Center, later known as the “Gavruliy” group. He introduced their choreography to choreographers in the United States, and they went on to choreograph for such choreographers as Arthur Ruben, Joseph Gelfer, Max Kowalc and Hans saves New York.
When his dancing career was over, he began teaching choreography, not as a choreographer but as an instructor. He developed his theory of movement through his students, which he called “the learning circle”. This concept is an essential part of many of the styles of contemporary dancing. This circle consists of the students themselves, the teachers and the so-called teachers-in-waiting, who act as a kind of director or guide for the dancers. This concept was highly appreciated by both young and old dancers, both male and female, because it was an innovative way of presenting dancing as an art.
Later, Baryshnikov choreographed ballets for the Moscow State Opera and the Moscow Ballet Theatre. The Soviet world loved his work, and his choreographers soon appreciated his innovative style and innovative approach. Thus, in spite of his absence from the scene for almost twenty years, his influence on the world of ballet was profound. Especially after his death, many of the choreographers who succeeded him gave his name to their dances and choreographed ballets.
The Soviet union of Mikhail Baryshnikov and his former partner, Vasili Oschepkov became the beginning of the modern style of ballets known as Russian ballet. Vasili Oschepkov was also from the intelligentsia. In fact, many people consider him to be the most artistic of all the ballets’ creators. However, it was Baryshnikov who first gave the two partners a common language and a stage on which to perform.
The style of this contemporary ballet is very distinct, being characterized by strong vertical lines and strong horizontal lines. There are no real off-center beats, and the point of the dance is to move between beats. It is widely believed that the creation of this highly aesthetic point of view was influenced by one of the great stylists of modern times, Pyotkin. Another strong influence was the work of Vasili Oschepkov, who designed the uniform and styling that are characteristic of the modern point of view. The modern quotation style was developed by Baryshnikov and Nadezhbek, with the former creating the choreography for both the ballets of Russia and the Ukraine, while Nadezhbek drew up the first manual of this quotation style.
Today, the style of the quotation has been adopted into many theaters, particularly the theaters of Kharkov, Moscow and Saint Petersburg. The most famous of these ballets is that of rigged opera, which was developed by Vasili Oschepkov. This elaborate system of ballets is now used in the Russian State Ballet School in New York.