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No other creative figure of the latter twentieth century was as contradictory as Jerome Robbins, and few were as controversial. He was a master of the Broadway musical, transforming its possibilities with such works as West Side Story, Gypsy, and Peter Pan, and was one of the greatest ballet choreographers this country has ever produced.
This first and only documentary on Robbins features excerpts from his personal journals, archival performance footage, and never-before-seen rehearsal recordings, as well as interviews with Robbins himself and over forty witnesses among them Mikhail Baryshnikov; Jacques d'Amboise; Suzanne Farrell; Arthur Laurents; Peter Martins; Rita Moreno; Austin Pendleton; Frank Rich; Chita Rivera; Stephen Sondheim; and Robbins Fiddler collaborators Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick, and Joseph Stein.
'Robbins' remarkable body of work forever redefined dance and musical theater for a contemporary audience', says Susan Lacy, Creator and Executive Producer of WNET's AMERICAN MASTERS, a six-time winner of the Emmy Award for Outstanding Primetime Non-Fiction Series. 'The revival of West Side Story on Broadway this winter just validates his lasting importance, his lasting impression. We are thrilled to air this film in tribute to Robbins' genius, celebrating the 90th anniversary of his birth.'
Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About was directed and produced by six-time Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Judy Kinberg and written by best-selling Robbins biographer Amanda Vaill. This film is narrated by Ron Rifkin (Brothers & Sisters), who performed the roles of both Robbins and his father in a workshop production of the director/choreographer s theatrical autobiography, The Poppa Piece.
An excellent documentary on the life of a true choreographic leader.
I doubt any one DVD could encompass all of Robbins' work as ballet choreographer, Broadway choreographer and director, and theatrical innovator.
A great Choreographer is hard to find, and these days style and line seem to be missing.
Great video, clips and interviews. Really enjoyed it and will definitely watch again.Published 7 months ago by Caroline Lathrop
great show, if you like Balanchine you will like this. if you like west side story, buy this also. fully endorse.Published on December 11, 2012 by Anon. From PA.
i found the program very interesting as it related to mr. robbins early years in the dance and in the broadway theater. Read morePublished on May 28, 2011 by cate
An excellent documentary on the life of a true choreographic leader. Well worth seeking out.Published on February 14, 2010 by Rosemarie Rauzino-Heller
At last a tribute to a great dancer and choreographer. Brilliantly written and edited. A must for dance teachers and anyone who loves dance!Published on November 22, 2009 by John H. Marvin, Madison, WI - Broadway devotee