Marking the 90th anniversary of the choreographer's birth in 1918, "The Jerome Robbins Celebration" will play April 29-June 29 at the New York State Theater. The event will feature 33 Robbins-created ballets. The Jerome Robbins Celebration will launch with the New York City Ballet's April 29 Spring Gala, which will feature Circus Polka, The Four Seasons and the West Side Story Suite — the latter was his "distillation of the dance sequences from the Broadway musical," according to a release.
Other events include "10 distinct all-Robbins programs focusing on various aspects of his work for the ballet stage." Among the works explored will be Fancy Free, Dybbuk, Mother Goose, Antique Epigraphs, I'm Old Fashioned, his Twyla Tharp collaboration Brahms/Handel and a re-creation of his original 1965 staging of Les Noces.
Known to audiences for his work on West Side Story, Gypsy, Peter Pan and On the Town, one-time performer Robbins is best remembered as an award-winning director and choreographer. He earned five Tony Awards for his work on High Button Shoes, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof and his epic revue, Jerome Robbins' Broadway.
Robbins also collaborated on works for New York City Ballet (for more than 40 years) as an associate artistic director. Among his NYCB works are The Cage, Afternoon of a Faun, Fanfare, The Concert and Dances at a Gathering.
The company will next present a return engagement of Susan Stroman's silent movie inspired Double Feature Jan. 31-Feb. 6, at Lincoln Center's New York State Theater.
Subscriptions can be purchased by calling (800) 580-8730 or through the NYCB website at nycballet.com. Single tickets will be available starting March 17.