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Mikhail Baryshnikov performs in three ballets full of human drama, choreographed by Twyla Tharp. In one sense, they all tell the same story -- the vitality, daring, intelligence, and emotional depth that a great dancer possesses, and a brilliant choreographer's vision of that dancer and of dance itself.
THE LITTLE BALLET
The Little Ballet, to music by Alexander Glazounov, offers Baryshnikov, Deidre Carberry, and three other American Ballet Theater dancers in a sweet-tempered, fluid work that makes subtle allusions to the dreamer-hero-elusive-heroine ballets of the 19th century.
In Sinatra Suite, Baryshnikov and Elaine Kudo evoke the less innocent world of Sinatra's moody, bittersweet voice-from the tender "Strangers in the Night" to the tough and contentious "That's Life."
PUSH COMES TO SHOVE
Push Comes To Shove, created by Tharp in 1976 for American Ballet Theater, can be seen as a witty and affectionate tribute to a major ballet company - its casual rehearsal behavior and backstage commotion, as well as its traditional grandeur and polished performing. - Deborah Jowitt, Village Voice