Fifty years after his defection, we’re still living in the age of Mikhail Baryshnikov


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Open this photo in gallery: Mikhail Baryshnikov rehearses with the National Ballet of Canada in Toronto, September, 1975, a year after defecting from the Soviet Union.Christopher Darling John Fraser is a former dance and theatre critic for The Globe and Mail and its former bureau chief in both Beijing and London. He is the author of many books, including Private View: Inside Baryshnikov’s American Ballet Theatre, and is currently the executive chair of the National NewsMedia Council of Canada. Fifty years ago today, on the late Saturday evening of June 29, 1974, Mikhail Baryshnikov made his brave and historic decision...