Jerome Robbins (1918 – 1998) was both dancer and choreographer. He was very successful on Broadway and in film. He created and danced in the ballet Fancy Free about three sailors on 24 hour leave in New York, with music by Leonard Bernstein. The plot was re-created in the movie On the Town, with new music by Bernstein.
In 1949 he joined the New York City Ballet as Associate Artistic Director with the encouragement of George Balanchine. In the early 1950s he performed in ballets of his own and of Balanchine’s with Tanaquil LeClercq. Robbins’ most popular collaboration must be West Side Story, again with music by Leonard Bernstein.
Join arts enthusiast Jack Brin to view films and film clips and talk about ballet and music appreciation in this 4 part series, March through June 2019. Brin is a former mathematics professor who also developed a music appreciation course for college students. Running time: 1 hour 52 minutes.