Mikhail Baryshnikov defected to America more than 25 years ago, the same season that Yvonne Rainer gave up dancing and choreographing. At the time, he was 27 and a star at the Leningrad Kirov Balletone of the most extraordinary performers audiences on either side of the Iron Curtain had ever seen. She was a pioneer postmodernist, famous for rejecting "the glamour and transcendency of the star image." She had hit 40, had collected her career's ephemera into a book, and was finishing her... More >>>
By photo: Sylvia Plachy
Yvonne Rainer (right) coaches Baryshnikov (in dress) in a solo originally made for Valda Setterfield in 1972.