With the arrival of the centennial of Jerome Robbins, performing arts institutions from New York City Ballet to Hamburg Ballet, from Los Angeles’ Paley Center to the St. Louis Muny paid tribute to the historic creator. Now, the New York Public library has selected items from over 600 boxes of Robbins archives for their latest exhibit Voice of My City: Jerome Robbins and New York.
The man who mastered the stage as a director and choreographer in the worlds of dance and theatre (enough to merit a full revue in Jerome Robbins Broadway), with triumphs such as the ballet Fancy Free (which became On The Town), West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, and dozens more.
But in the many examinations of his work—books, documentaries, revivals of the pieces themselves—audiences often forget to look closer at one of Robbins’ key inspirations: the city of New York. In the latest exhibition, stationed in the Dorothy and Lewis Cullman Center, curator Julia L. Foulkes (author of A Place for Us: West Side Story and New York and Choreography as Directing: On Jerome Robbins) helps viewers enjoy a completely new perspective on the artist and his work.
The free exhibit, open through March 30, 2019, features home videos, clips of his most famous ballets—like Afternoon of the Faun—original costume pieces, choreographic plots, letters to collaborators, and more. Visitors will also get a glimpse into Robbins as a visual artist, through his photography of New York City, his drawings and sketches, and more.
Take a mini-tour through some of the exhibit highlights in the video above. And don’t forget to explore in person at the New York Public Library before March 30.