The Arts Arena:
JEROME ROBBINS AND THE CINEMA: CELEBRATING THE GREAT AMERICAN CHOREOGRAPHER
Rescheduled from December 9 2018, this centennial celebration will feature dance films of Robbins’s iconic creations, a documentary on Robbins the Man, a talk on “Jerome Robbins’s Camera Eye,” a screening of the Academy Award-winning film West Side Story—music by Leonard Bernstein, co-direction and choreography by Robbins–and a champagne toast to this unique man of theater and dance.
A five-time Tony Award-winner, recipient of two Academy Awards and of the Kennedy Center Honors, Jerome Robbins was one of the greatest choreographers of the 20th century, and one of the most versatile. He came from modern dance and ballet, became the king of Broadway musicals − On the Town, Peter Pan, High Button Shoes, The King and I, The Pajama Game, Bells Are Ringing, West Side Story, Gypsy, Fiddler on the Roof − but then returned to ballet, working with the legendary George Balanchine and co-directing New York City Ballet after Balanchine’s death.
In honor of the centenary of Robbins’s birth, the Arts Arena is offering an afternoon and evening of films, ranging from Robbins’s ballet choreographies, to an Emmy and Peabody-winning documentary on Robbins the man, to a talk on Robbins’s “camera eye,” and culminating in a screening of Robbins’s most famous venture into cinema, the iconic West Side Story.
Come join us to celebrate and toast this unique American giant of dance, Jerome Robbins.
The Arts Arena is grateful and proud to have received multiple grants from the Jerome Robbins Foundation.
The following schedule is subject to change. Any changes will be posted before the event.
Robbins Ballets on Film
Multiple Screenings, including in full or in excerpt Afternoon of a Faun, with Polina Semionova and Vladimir Malakhov, Dances at a Gathering, In the Night, Opus 19?The Dreamer, and The Concert
4:00 to 5:30
Jerome Robbins, the Man
Screening. Something to Dance About, documentary
Talk by Hiie Saumaa
“Jerome Robbins and his Camera Eye.” Dr. Saumaa is a Columbia Institute for Ideas & Imagination Fellow.
The Grand Cinema
Screening of West Side Story
A Toast to Jerome Robbins, champagne