June 29, 1974: Mikhail Baryshnikov defects

Amuchastegui, Maria
June 2006
Beaver;Jun/Jul2006, Vol. 86 Issue 3, p10
The article recalls the defection of Russian ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov on June 29, 1974. While touring Canada, the Russian ballet star defected. He escaped his Russian bodyguards with the help of his friend Alexandre Minz, a Russian character dancer based in New York. John Fraser, dance critic and later national editor at The Globe and Mail, got the ball rolling four days earlier when he slipped Baryshnikov a note written by friends in New York suggesting that if he wanted to defect, there were people who could help him in Canada.


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