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Letter to a Man

From 9 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Intense, Indulgent, Confusing, Thought-provoking

About the show

Mikhail Baryshnikov steps into the splintering psyche of a legendary 20th-century dancer in Robert Wilson's staging of Vaslav Nijinsky’s diaries. More…

The text chronicles the onset of the iconic Russian performer’s schizophrenia in 1919, tracing the contours of his profound isolation, tormented sexuality and spirituality, and preoccupation with erstwhile lover and Ballets Russes founder Sergei Diaghilev. Hal Willner’s collage-like score weaves audio fragments of the diary with a century-spanning soundtrack of songs by Tom Waits, Arvo Pärt, Henry Mancini, and Soviet futurist composer Alexander Mosolov, as our coat-tailed subject sashays and staggers through Wilson’s saturated lightscapes.

Member Reviews (9)


Ambitious, Intense, Indulgent, Confusing, Thought-provoking
Avg Score

Disappointing, Excruciating, Painful, Repetitive, Just plain bad

See it if love Baryshnikov, like repetition

Don't see it if you have a choice

Ambitious, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Intense, Riveting

See it if you are open to a unique theatrical experience performed by a master of the performing arts. Brilliant, disturbing and an assault on normal

Don't see it if you need coherent plot, logic and a sense of order. You must suspend normal expectations to dive into the mind of someone disturbed

Ambitious, Intense, Disappointing

See it if Fan of Mikhail

Don't see it if Don't appreciate advant guard theater

Confusing, Dizzying, Indulgent, Profound, Overrated

See it if you like a visual masterpiece that dazzles the eye and the senses or if you need to see Mikhail Baryshnikov on stage.

Don't see it if you have no patience for repetitive dialogue and obscure imagery or want to pay way too much for only 70 minutes.

Banal, Quirky, Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if All things Robert Wilson and/or M Baryshnikov intrigue you. You like avant garde stagings the farther out the better.

Don't see it if you expect real dancing from Misha. You need some cohesive meaning in your theater and not just random bits thrown against the wall.

Great staging, Great acting, Intense, Ambitious

See it if you will glory in watching Baryshnikov on stage for an hour - he is so magnetic and enthralling to watch.

Don't see it if you want a linear & coherent story. I really felt Nijinsky's madness in the lack of story & clarity.

Ambitious, Confusing, Dizzying, Enchanting, Indulgent

See it if you want to see Mikhail Baryshnikov on stage - I did! He is absorbing in even the slightest movements. You are a Robert Wilson fan.

Don't see it if You don't like avant-guarde theater. It is not for the timid, easily bored or confused. Sometimes off-putting, but compellingly staged.

Ambitious, Confusing, Intense, Indulgent, Thought-provoking

See it if you are a fan of Baryshnikov, Nijinsky or general dance history...are into breathtaking visuals...are a brave theatre/concert goer.

Don't see it if you know nothing about Nijinsky... requires homework...and you'll still be confused in places...If you aren't an abstract thinker, stay home

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Slow, Missed the point

See it if you know Russian fluently, familiar with Nijinsky's life and work, captivated by Baryshnikov

Don't see it if you are looking for a clear storyline or narrative about Nijinsky and/or if you don't have patience for slow paced shows

October 21st, 2016
"An opaque and frustrating work of dance theater...Mr. Baryshnikov is a captivating presence...Unfortunately, for all Mr. Baryshnikov’s efforts, 'Letter to a Man' remains stubbornly obscure and theatrically lifeless, despite a wildly eclectic soundtrack...For those unfamiliar with the diaries (as...
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October 22nd, 2016
"This dance-theater production squanders both its star and its provocative subject matter with its enervating concept and pretentious self-regard...The experimental theater director has been regurgitating his stylistic tropes for so long that they have become a virtual parody of themselves...At a...
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October 24th, 2016
"Unfortunately, this collaboration of exciting artists tackling a fascinating subject lands at BAM's Harvey Theater with a disappointing thud...While Wilson's style of controlled movement and textual repetition seems particularly suited to Nijinsky's short, declarative sentences, the stage treatm...
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October 25th, 2016
"Robert Wilson’s signature emotionless, measured approach is in effect. Within its framework, however, Baryshnikov not only delivers infinitely slow-motion choreography but also robotic/staccato gestures, seemingly loose, vaudevillian dance turns, and a bit of graceful Fred Astaire. (Don’t look f...
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