When he filmed White Nights, Taylor Hackford’s 1985 film, Mikhail Baryshnikov had already been living outside Russia for more than 10 years, and the film’s plot heavily recalls his own story, as well as that of his star colleague Rudolf Nureyev. He is considered one of the greatest ballet dancers in history. Born in Riga, Latvia to Russian parents, he was exiled in 1974 when, at 27 years old, he decided to abandon the Kirov Theatre, and during a tour in Canada, he decided to stay in the West. Misha decided to celebrate his 70th birthday on the stage, doing a tour of Brodsky/Baryshnikov throughout America and Europe. The performance is inspired by the Russian-American poet Joseph Brodsky and is a solo in which the artist recites, reads and dances in a tribute to a great friend who was exiled like himself.