"Of course, the dancing which I am doing now is not dancing which I've been doing 25, 30 years ago. It's a different kind of work," he said. "The pieces which I am doing now with ... Mark Morris or Mats Ek, they see in front of them an old man. They know my body, they know me intimately, they know what I can do and what I will look stupid doing."
Baryshnikov is also developing some new theater projects, continues to work at his namesake arts center in New York and recently exhibited his photographs in Miami. He said he wants to "put myself on the spot again from a different perspective," but it probably won't be on the big screen — and not just because of nerves.
"The problem with the movies is you have to leave home, and if it's a big serious movie you have to leave home for six to eight months. It's problematic," he said." The role has to really fit me right. I read a lot; all the time people send me scripts but they're not really interesting. It's always some Russian bandit or a choreographer or an ex-dancer."
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