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Gil Shachar, 20, of the Batsheva Ensemble, impersonates Baryshnikov in a famous position from his years as a soloist, in which his technical brilliance transcended national borders. Baryshnikov was known for his ability to execute more than 10 pirouettes from this passé position, and served as an exemplar for ballet dancers the world over.

Baryshnikov, in many ways the male counterpart of...