(New York, NY)

A series of works featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov and produced in partnership with ArKtype and Baryshnikov Productions, including the highly anticipated collaboration with Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar of Big Dance Theater entitled MAN IN A CASE, which premiered in March 2013. The premiere follows the acclaimed collaboration with the Dmitry Krymov Laboratory entitled IN PARIS, evoking a vision of 1920s Paris via master writer Ivan Bunin and praised worldwide at Noorderzon, Festival di Spoleto and Lincoln Center Festival among others. These works mark the evolution of a canon expanding the seamless rite of dance theater created and performed by the world's foremost visionaries of the stage.

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Adapted from Two Short Stories by Anton Chekhov
Adapted and Directed by Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar / Big Dance Theater
Featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jess Barbagallo, Tymberly Canale, Chris Giarmo, and Aaron Mattocks
Choreography by Annie-B Parson
Lighting Design by Jennifer Tipton
Set Design by Peter Ksander
Costume Design by Oana Botez
Sound Design by Tei Blow
Video Design by Jeff Larson
Associate Producer Alexandra Rosenberg

Produced by Baryshnikov Productions in Association with ArKtype / Thomas O. Kriegsmann

MAN IN A CASE was commissioned and premiered by Hartford Stage Company, Hartford, CT (Darko Tresnjak, Artistic Director; Michael Stotts, Managing Director), premiering March 1, 2013.

“Beautiful…A conclusion as beautiful as unhappy endings can be.” –
Washington City Paper

“A visually arresting performance piece.” – Washington Post

“The mesmerizing Big Dance Theater blend of acting, movement, video and music is by adapter-directors Paul Lazar and Annie-B Parson.
There are so many elements of pure pleasure emanating from the stage that it’s hard to know where to focus one’s eyes or ears. But the heart of these poignant, remarkably uplifting tales of misplaced or thwarted love is in the multifaceted interactions between Canale and Baryshnikov. They’re working in remarkably fertile ground.”
– San Francisco Chronicle

“An intriguing, ultimately irresistible evening of live performance and mixed media” – Hartford Examiner

“Sly and theatrically adventuresome!” – Hartford Courant

Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar, the team behind the internationally acclaimed Big Dance Theater, bring their signature style fusing theater and movement to this adaptation of two of Anton Chekov’s 1898 short stories, Man in a Case and About Love.  In tales both witty and haunting, a shy, reclusive man’s courtship of a carefree young woman forces him to stare down his own rigid nature while another man relives the story of a lost love. Mikhail Baryshnikov stars, and is joined onstage with a cast that includes Big Dance Theater veterans Jess Barbagallo, Tymberly Canale, Chris Giarmo, and Aaron Mattocks.

Photos by T. Charles Erickson & Leslie Lyons



A Play

Short story by Ivan Bunin
Direction and Adaptation by Dmitry Krymov
Stage and Costume Design by Maria Tregubova
Music by Dmitry Volkov
Performed by Mikhail Baryshnikov, Anna Sinyakina, Maxim Maminov, Maria Gulik, Polina Butko with Ossi Makkonen and Lasse Lindberg

A Production of Baryshnikov Arts Center, Dmitry Krymov Laboratory & Russian Century Foundation,
in association with Korjaamo Culture Factory

Mikhail Baryshnikov scarcely dances until the haunting finale of Berkeley Rep’s “In Paris.” But the ballet legend shows such a genius for movement that his body language is an art unto itself in this fearlessly inventive theatrical adventure. – San Jose Mercury News

“The piece has continued to resonate inside me, not unlike the memory of past loves, long extinguished though never completely forgotten.” – Charles McNulty, L.A. Times

Based on the 1940 short story of the same name by Russian writer Ivan Bunin, In Paris is the tale of two Russian immigrants thrown together by chance in 1930s France. He, a former general in the white Russian army, and she, a beautiful young woman many years his junior.  They fall madly in love. But their time together is brief.  When one dies, the other discovers what it means to feel hopelessly alone.  IN PARIS is directed by Dmitry Krymov, whose work is at the forefront of expressionistic movement theater in Russia, and stars the iconic Mikhail Baryshnikov and Russian screen siren Anna Sinyakina as the two lovers.


Tours & Avails

Man In a Case

February 21 – March 24, 2013
December 5 – 22, 2013
January 28 – Feb 16, 2014
Feb 25 – March 2, 2014
April 23 – May 10, 2014
May 15-18, 2014

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