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BARYSHNIKOV WILL DANCE IN U.S. FOR 1ST TIME THIS YEAR DURING 18-CITY TOUR STARTING OCT. 24

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Mikhail Baryshnikov will dance in the United States for the first time this year during an 18-city tour starting Oct. 24, it was announced this week.

The tour will be called the White Oak Dance Project. Dances, including two new ones, will be by modern dance choreographer Mark Morris.During his tenure as artistic director of American Ballet Theatre, Baryshnikov invited Morris to create the ballet "Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes," to music by Virgil Thomson. Baryshnikov danced in it.

After he left Ballet Theatre last fall, Baryshnikov went to Brussels, where the Mark Morris Dance Group has its headquarters, to dance in Morris' "Wonderland," to music by Arnold Schoenberg. Ron Besserer, who danced in that and has danced with Martha Clarke and Lar Lubovitch, will be on the tour.

Other dancers on the tour will be Peggy Baker and Nancy Colahan from the Lubovitch company, Jamie Bishton of Ballet Theatre, Kate Johnson from the Paul Taylor Dance Company and William Pizzuto and Denise Pons of the Boston Ballet.

The troupe will perform between Oct. 24 and Nov. 18 in Boston; Minneapolis; Madison, Wis.; Toledo, Columbus, Youngstown and Dayton, Ohio; Charleston, S.C.; Savannah, Ga.; Jacksonville, Daytona Beach, Miami and Tampa, Fla.; East Lansing and Detroit, Mich.; Louisville, Ky., and two cities to be announced.

The sponsor will be Baryshnikov Productions and the Howard Gilman Foundation. The dancers will be in a new dance center on the grounds of Gilman's White Oak Plantation during July and August rehearsals.