Mikhail Baryshnikov in Leonid Jacobson’s ballet Vestris. Photographed by Martha Swope, 1975-76.
Music by Genaidi Banschikov.
First performed at the International Ballet Competition, Moscow, June, 1969, with Baryshnikov (aged 21).
"Portraying Auguste Vestris, the French eighteenth-century dancer, Baryshnikov’s vivid performance… astonished the jury, which included Maya Plisetskaya, Ulanova, Grigorovich, and Chabukiani. Plisetskaya … gave Baryshnikov thirteen out of a possible twelve. He won the gold medal." From Solomon Volkov’s book St. Petersburg: A cultural History. Page 506.