Mikhail Baryshnikov on the Arts in Connecticut and Beyond

Mar 13, 2013

Hartford is not the most artistically adventurous place in the world, even though 79 years ago we hosted the debut of "Four Saints in Three Acts," a Virgil Thomson - Gertrude Stein opera that was ground-breaking on about five different levels.

In the 1930s, Hartford was like a train depot for insanely important visiting artists. Salvador Dali screened "Un Chien Andalou" for Hartfordites, and then did a Q&A. Hartford hosted the first major exhibition of Picasso. And Hartford sponsored the immigration to America of George Balanchine, with the idea that his School of American Ballet would be here. We then blew that opportunity. It's a long story.  

The good news is that Mikhail Baryshnikov is here in Hartford, leading another world premier. The first part of this show featured singer/songwriter Jill Sobule & comedian Julia Sweeney. Leave your comments below, e-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us@wnprcolin.