Ballet 360°: Robbins, Bernstein, and New York City Ballet
Dance critic Alexandra Tomalonis uses discussion and video to explore various topics in the art form.
In a performance season celebrating the centennials of both composer Leonard Bernstein and choreographer Jerome Robbins, New York City Ballet brings Fancy Free, one of their legendary collaborations. These works show that Bernstein and Robbins shared the ability to create, as well as make first-rate popular hits. Fancy Free and West Side Story, another one of their collaborations, were breathtakingly new when they were created. Fancy Free: A ballet about sailors and their girls? In a bar? Yes, and it's still in repertory, delighting and engaging audiences more than 70 years after its premiere. A musical about teenagers in gangs? Absolutely, and the dances from West Side Story also seem new more than 60 years after the Sharks and the Jets first burst onto the stage. When great artists shatter tradition, they produce works that later generations can wholeheartedly honor. It's what keeps ballet alive.
Lecture Timing: 90 minutes with no intermission
NOTE: New York City Ballet does not participate in this session.