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Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About
Posted: February 17th, 2009

In a life that inspired controversy, no one disputes the place that Jerome Robbins holds as the pre-eminent director/choreographer of American musical theater, universally respected for his unparalleled artistry. He transformed Broadway with shows such as West Side Story , Gypsy and Fiddler on the Roof and forged a career in ballet, first at American Ballet Theatre, then at New York City Ballet. The son of an immigrant deli owner, he was known for his often ruthless perfectionism and was dogged by his decision, in 1953, to name names in his House Un-American Activities Committee testimony. The program features excerpts from Robbins¹ work, including never-before-seen rehearsal footage, and interviews with many of his colleagues, from both ballet and Broadway, such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jacques d’Amboise, Suzanne Farrell, Arthur Laurents, Peter Martins, Chita Rivera, Stephen Sondheim and Robbins¹ Fiddler collaborators Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joseph Stein.

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SundayArts is made possible in part by First Republic Bank and by the Rubin Museum of Art. Funding for SundayArts is also made possible by Rosalind P. Walter, The Paul and Irma Milstein Foundation, The Philip & Janice Levin Foundation, Elise Jaffe and Jeffrey Brown, Jody and John Arnhold, and The Lemberg Foundation. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional funding provided by members of THIRTEEN.
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