2018 is the year the world comes together to celebrate the centennial of Jerome Robbins (1918–1998). The Jerome Robbins Centennial is a global celebration of the 100th birthday of Jerome Robbins, the director and choreographer whose creative genius during the 20th century continues today.
Having created film, theater and dance that has resonated for generations, Robbins is rightfully regarded as a towering figure in American cultural history. Jerome Robbins’ legacy from the last century is assured and his influence is ongoing. During 2018, the Jerome Robbins Centennial will celebrate the life and career of the cultural giant with performances, screenings, events, exhibitions and discussions around the world.
On this page you will find links to help you discover these celebrations of Robbins’ artistic accomplishments throughout the year, in addition to news of Robbins Centennial events as they take place.
Summary of Events
Houston Ballet welcomes back Robbins’ Fancy Free, a delightful glimpse into the lives of three sailors on leave during one hot summer night in 1940s New York City. The unique blend of Robbins’ iconic Broadway style and balletic grace in Fancy Free helped launch his career and inspire the Broadway musical On the Town. Stanton Welch AM has specifically selected The Cage, a lesser-known Robbins work that features our brilliant female dancers as they transform into a troupe of abstract insect-like creatures who hunt down their male prey. With our final Robbins piece, The Concert (or the Perils of Everybody), we bring back one of the great comedic ballets of all time.
3 WEEKS, 21 Ballets, 6 PROGRAMS, 2 WORLD PREMIERES
May 3, 2018
To mark the centennial of Jerome Robbins' birth, New York City Ballet has assembled a collection of some of his most celebrated works. The Robbins 100 is a tribute to our Co-Founding Choreographer's remarkable contributions to classical dance at large and his indelible impact on the NYCB repertory.
The Jerome Robbins Centennial Timeline is a year-to-year look at the significant events, experiences and passages in Jerome Robbins’ life and story.
As it evolves, the Timeline will detail each major event in Jerome Robbins’ life, along with related historical incidents. Arranged in chronological order, it provides a sequence of the important events that have taken place in the century since his birth. Laying out in linear fashion facts sometimes thought of as "insignificant" in other contexts, enables a correlation of the information in a more meaningful manner.
Come back often and enjoy this evolving glance at the happenings, performances, and occasions that took place during, and helped create, what was undoubtedly a golden age for theater and dance in America.