Dancing Away

Dancing Away: the dance photography of Mikhail Baryshnikov

For some Mikhail Baryshnikov played one of the oh-so-near relationships for Carrie Bradshaw in Sex in the City, for others he is the high-profile, high-jumping legendary dancer. But now in yet another manifestation, Mikhail is showing his skill behind the lens in a new show Dancing Away.

Dancing Away is a ‘visual representation of Baryshnikov’s very personal interpretation of dance and performance; an expert dancer’s reflection upon his own metier,’ says the blurb.

From the images we’ve seen they do seem individual and personal, offering a dancer’s eye view of the dancing world. A glimpse into how a dancer, removed from the action still sees what dancers create. There’s an insight and almost a yearning in the photographs, inspired from the years of creating the dance himself. The pictures are ones to get lost in, as the dancers are lost in their own performance.

“I take thousands of images, and it takes me a long, long time to select. My eye catches it and my heart stops. This is exactly what I want,” Mikhail told ArtsCulture.

“I wanted the audience to see, to be able to imagine, the movement before and after, not just the frozen moment.”

And see they do, the long exposure doesn’t capture just one moment, but an organised blur of controlled physical poetry.

Mikhail Baryshnikov Dancing Away

Dancing Away is at ContiniArtUk, London, from November 29, 2014 to January 31, 2015. Check out the website for directions and times.