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August 3, 1998
I wonder who will have made a more lasting and generous contribution to America: Jerome Robbins (homosexual) or Trent Lott (not a kleptomaniac, not an alcoholic)? Gee, "West Side Story," "On the Town," "Fiddler on the Roof" and several brilliant ballets on the one hand, and, uh, stopping campaign finance reform, gutting tobacco legislation, and carefully teaching hate on the other. VICTOR KENYON BROWN Los Feliz
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September 4, 2013 | By David Ng
At the center of "Passion," the new psychosexual thriller from master manipulator Brian De Palma, is a split-screen sequence featuring a classic work of modern choreography alongside a highly choreographed murder. Occupying one half of the screen is a performance of Jerome Robbins' ballet "Afternoon of a Faun," set to the music of Claude Debussy. The modern ballet, which was created in 1953, is a pas de deux set in a rehearsal room . The spare production, in which a man and a woman approach and repel each other, is a ballet about the ballet, in much the same way as De Palma's movies have always been about the movies.
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February 28, 2004 | From Associated Press
The sister of Broadway choreographer Jerome Robbins suffered a heart attack Thursday while attending the opening night of "Fiddler on the Roof's" latest Broadway revival. She was later pronounced dead. Sonia Cullinen, 91, was stricken before the curtain went up at the Minskoff Theatre for a new production of the musical that Robbins had originally directed and choreographed, said Michael Hartman, a show spokesman. She was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
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July 31, 2012 | By Debra Levine
"Well they began it!" snarled the Jets perched on the scaffolding that lines the Chance Theater's long, narrow shoe box of a performance space. Facing them off - and in spitting distance of the audience - the Sharks echoed in return: "Well they began it!" This group-hiss propelled "Tonight," one of 11 fresh and lucid song-and-dance numbers that choreographer Kelly Todd has laced into the Anaheim Hills theater's critically lauded production of "West Side Story" (extended to Aug. 19). Tasked by Chance director Oanh Nguyen to garnish his update of the theater classic by Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents with in-your-face dance numbers, the 20-year musical theater veteran and a UCLA theater grad, found herself boxed in. Not only was Todd's 12-foot wide, 30-foot long working area hugely constrained but she was thrust in the shadow of a genius.
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June 3, 1987 | ROBERT GRESKOVIC
The Dance Collection of the New York Public Library has taken time to give a name to one of its most popular and extensive assets: the ever-growing store of filmed and videotaped dance documentation. It will hereafter be the Jerome Robbins Archive of the Recorded Moving Image, in honor of the choreographer who continues to be instrumental in its success.
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October 8, 1990 | BARBARA ISENBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Up on the Shubert Theatre stage, Grover Dale leads a clutch of young dancers through scenes from "West Side Story." Over and over again, the Jets strut across the stage, snapping their fingers, leaping, snarling at the Sharks. Rehearsals were winding down for "Jerome Robbins' Broadway," set to open Wednesday in Century City.
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October 12, 1990 | SYLVIE DRAKE, TIMES THEATER WRITER
Yes, there is an inevitable thread of nostalgia that insinuates itself into the "Jerome Robbins' Broadway" that opened Wednesday at the Century City Shubert, but not because director/choreographer Robbins put it there. Robbins, who mined his own lifetime achievement on Broadway to re-create some of his best numbers for this all-singing, all-dancing archival collage of his work, is not averse to sentimentality.
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May 27, 2001 | LEWIS SEGAL, Lewis Segal is The Times' dance critic
With a range that extended from brash Broadway musicals such as "On the Town" and "Gypsy" to inimitably sensitive and sensual ballets such as "Afternoon of a Faun" and "Dances at a Gathering," choreographer Jerome Robbins had a career unmatched in its creative variety.
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July 31, 1998 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE CRITIC
In 1969, Jerome Robbins returned to New York City Ballet after concentrating for more than a decade on pop dance, Broadway musicals and experimental theater projects--some of which were never shown to an audience. He was 50, unsure about his future or even whether the suite of intimate Chopin dances he was beginning to choreograph would ever be worth watching.
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August 8, 2004 | Janice Ross, Janice Ross, a professor of dance history at Stanford University, is the author of a forthcoming biography on modern dance innovator Anna Halprin.
The myth of the suffering artist endures in painting, poetry and literature, but it has a lesser-known counterpart in the performing arts -- the suffering inducing artist. This is the individual who inflicts on others what most artists in these more solitary media merely inflict on themselves.
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March 21, 2010 | By Susan Reiter
Several major transformations are embodied within a single unusual hour of television airing on PBS Wednesday evening. A 1958 Jerome Robbins ballet, which astutely captured the essence of that moment's younger generation, has been transformed into a highly contemporary dance film shot in unexpected New York City locations. Beyond that, there is the improbable tale of two young New York City Ballet soloists who envisioned the entire project and became self-taught executive producers, fighting the odds to get the film made.
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January 14, 2007
Jerome Robbins: A Dec. 31 Critic's Notebook about choreographer Jerome Robbins misspelled the last name of biographer Amanda Vaill as Vail.
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December 31, 2006 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
PEOPLE everywhere use the arts to escape from the oppressive realities of their lives, but for director-choreographer Jerome Robbins, escapism became a lifelong obsession fueling his greatest artistic achievements. Born in 1918 as Jerome Wilson Rabinowitz, he removed any suggestion of Russian-Jewish identity from his name to launch a career performing and then creating all-American dances for ballet companies and Broadway.
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July 4, 2006 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
"Dances at a Gathering" wasn't Jerome Robbins' first -- or last -- choreography to piano pieces by Chopin, but it's surely the most intuitive, full of dances that develop out of a single gesture or refuse to develop at all and are abandoned like half-considered ideas.
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August 8, 2004 | Janice Ross, Janice Ross, a professor of dance history at Stanford University, is the author of a forthcoming biography on modern dance innovator Anna Halprin.
The myth of the suffering artist endures in painting, poetry and literature, but it has a lesser-known counterpart in the performing arts -- the suffering inducing artist. This is the individual who inflicts on others what most artists in these more solitary media merely inflict on themselves.
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February 28, 2004 | From Associated Press
The sister of Broadway choreographer Jerome Robbins suffered a heart attack Thursday while attending the opening night of "Fiddler on the Roof's" latest Broadway revival. She was later pronounced dead. Sonia Cullinen, 91, was stricken before the curtain went up at the Minskoff Theatre for a new production of the musical that Robbins had originally directed and choreographed, said Michael Hartman, a show spokesman. She was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
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July 30, 1998 | From a Times Staff Writer
Jerome Robbins, the brilliant and bravura creator of pioneering American ballets and Broadway hits, died Wednesday in his Manhattan, N.Y., home. The master choreographer of the New York City Ballet and Tony and Oscar winner for "West Side Story" was 79. Steve Miller, a spokesman for the ballet company, said Robbins had suffered a stroke Saturday.
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July 31, 2012 | By Debra Levine
"Well they began it!" snarled the Jets perched on the scaffolding that lines the Chance Theater's long, narrow shoe box of a performance space. Facing them off - and in spitting distance of the audience - the Sharks echoed in return: "Well they began it!" This group-hiss propelled "Tonight," one of 11 fresh and lucid song-and-dance numbers that choreographer Kelly Todd has laced into the Anaheim Hills theater's critically lauded production of "West Side Story" (extended to Aug. 19). Tasked by Chance director Oanh Nguyen to garnish his update of the theater classic by Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents with in-your-face dance numbers, the 20-year musical theater veteran and a UCLA theater grad, found herself boxed in. Not only was Todd's 12-foot wide, 30-foot long working area hugely constrained but she was thrust in the shadow of a genius.
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January 7, 2002 | SID SMITH, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
You've probably never heard of him, but you will. Christopher Wheeldon, already something of a New York City darling, is poised to boost his already impressive resume.
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May 27, 2001 | LEWIS SEGAL, Lewis Segal is The Times' dance critic
With a range that extended from brash Broadway musicals such as "On the Town" and "Gypsy" to inimitably sensitive and sensual ballets such as "Afternoon of a Faun" and "Dances at a Gathering," choreographer Jerome Robbins had a career unmatched in its creative variety.
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