Mikhail Baryshnikov in In Paris at the Broad
In “In Paris,” a story of love and loss in 1930s Paris, Mikhail Baryshnikov mesmerized the audience at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica in his role as an actor, using gesture, movement, words and a few dance flourishes, too.
Spoken in French and Russian, and subtitled in English, the production’s U.S. premiere featured Baryshnikov as a Russian General in the French capitol. Anna Sinyakina played his love interest, painting a compelling and poignant portrait.
For the multi-media adaptation of Nobel Prize winner Ivan Bunin’s short story, set designer and director Dmitry Kyrmov created a stunning visual environment to bring the play into the twenty-first century.
A backstage reception immediately followed, where friends, fellow artists and Broad ViPs chatted with Baryshnikov and the other cast members. Some questioned Baryshnikov about the play; others praised the production.
“I view this play as describing a part of the Russian experience,” said the dance legend. “It shows the tragic loss of an entire culture at the beginning of the century.”
Patron Anne Taubman called the staging “brilliant,” saying, “The multimedia was fantastic and created a unique evening of theater.”
“The message for me is that you can always be optimistic for love, even if you have had your heart broken,” said Beatrice Felix, commenting on the play’s universality and uplifting quality. “It is never too late.”
One of many Russian theatergoers in attendance, Gina Minasova expressed surprise at the modernity of the piece. “The incorporation of different elements – text projected on the stage, operatic interludes, and humor- gave ‘In Paris’ a contemporary appeal,” she said.
An after-party at the nearby restaurant Tiato in Santa Monica capped this thrilling evening of theater with hors d’oeuvres and of course, Vodka, to assure that the conversation continued late into the evening.
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Top photo: Mikhail Baryshnikov in IN PARIS at The Broad Stage (Photo credit: Angela Weiss/ WireImage, courtesy of The Broad Stage)
Center photo: Anna Sinyakina in her role opposite Mikhail Baryshnikov in IN PARIS at The Broad Stage (Photo credit: Angela Weiss/ WireImage, courtesy of The Broad Stage)
Bottom photo: Catherine de Castelbajac chatting at the after-party with Mikhail Baryshnikov in IN PARIS at The Broad Stage
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Published Apr. 15, 2012 – Catherine de Castelbajac, Special to Society News LA