March 21, 2010 |
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.
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.
December 31, 2006 |
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.
July 4, 2006 |
"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.
August 8, 2004 |
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.
February 28, 2004 |
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.