Tag: jerome robbins

#TBT: How West Side Story Created a Broadway Revolution

When West Side Story landed on Broadway in 1957, it had been a long time coming. Director-choreographer Jerome Robbins, writer Arthur Laurents and composer Leonard Bernstein toyed with collaborating on a contemporary musical loosely based on Romeo and Juliet for years, picking up and putting down the project multiple times as other creative endeavors demanded […]

Op-Ed: Is It Time to Retire Fancy Free?

Last month, I brought a group of my Virginia Commonwealth University students to Raleigh, NC, for the Mid-Atlantic South regional conference of the American College Dance Association. Tickets for Carolina Ballet’s Jerome Robbins/Leonard Bernstein evening were included with our registration. Fancy Free was the last dance on the program. Our group sat through it in […]

What It Takes to Radically Reimagine "West Side Story"

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker is celebrated across the dance world for her stripped-down, stubbornly abstract choreography; Ivo van Hove across the theater world for his stark, stubbornly tech-heavy reconstructions of plays and movie scripts. But after this week, the two Belgians are likely to be famed, for good or ill, as the pair who kicked […]

The Most Magical Dancing in New York City Last Week Was in a Public Library

Libraries, rightly or not, are frequently designated in the public consciousness as places that are silent, stuffy and still. This has never really been the case when it comes to the Jerome Robbins Dance Division at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Last Wednesday, as dance world luminaries and patrons alike gathered […]

5 January Performances to Start 2019 Off Right

If one of your New Year’s resolutions was “See more dance” (and really, shouldn’t that be everyone’s?), never fear. We picked five shows certain to get 2019 off to a brilliant start. Twyla’s Greens and Jerry’s Blues Miami City Ballet in Brahms/Handel. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev, Courtesy Miami City Ballet FLORIDA It’s rare that two […]

Celebrate Jerome Robbins' Would-Be 100th Birthday With 10 Rarely-Seen Photos

2018 has seen an endless parade of celebrations in anticipation of Jerome Robbins‘ centennial—and now the day has finally arrived. In honor of what would have been his 100th birthday, we dove into our photo archives and selected a few favorite shots of the choreographer whose career defined (and redefined) American dance. A young Robbins, […]