A slideshow of the Robbins Terrace, set to music by Hal Willner.
Representatives from NYC cultural organizations gathered to explore change and sustainability. Presenters included New York City Ballet, Beth Morrison Projects, Gina Gibney Dance, New York Public Radio and Cooper-Hewitt/Smithsonian/National Design Museum. Our blog will be up and running soon to continue the discussion. Please check in.
On April 28, 2012, the Jerome Robbins Foundation presented the Floria V. Lasky Award to Paul H. Epstein in recognition of his significant contributions to both entertainment law and the arts. A partner at Proskauer Rose for nearly 30 years, his accomplishments are many. Among them, he founded Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and was instrumental in establishing the George Balanchine Trust and the Leonard Bernstein Office as well as helping to bring Jerome Robbins’ Broadway to the stage. The award was given in tribute to one of the most influential and successful entertainment attorneys in the world of dance, theater, literature and music.
Floria V. Lasky (1923 – 2007) was a leader in the field of entertainment law and a lead partner in the law firm Fitelson Lasky Aslan & Couture. A master negotiator, she represented such clients as Jerome Robbins, Jule Styne, Elia Kazan, Tennessee Williams and Carson McCullers. With a career spanning more than six decades, Floria was an inspiration and mentor to generations. The award and symposium that preceded its presentation are dedicated to her commitment to the cultural life of New York City.
On September 30, the 2011 Jerome Robbins Award was shared by 30 former or current New York City Ballet principal ballerinas, 4 posthumously, who danced several principal roles in Jerome Robbins’ ballets. Vital to the decades of Jerome Robbins’ creative life at New York City Ballet, the honorees are: Heléne Alexopoulos, Alexandra Ansanelli, Merrill Ashley, Yvonne Borree, Maria Calegari, Suzanne Farrell, Judith Fugate, Melissa Hayden (deceased), Jillana, Nora Kaye (deceased), Allegra Kent, Gelsey Kirkland, Darci Kistler, Maria Kowroski, Tanaquil Le Clercq (deceased), Sara Leland, Lourdes Lopez, Kay Mazzo, Patricia McBride, Yvonne Mounsey, Kyra Nichols, Janet Reed (deceased), Jenifer Ringer, Melinda Roy, Stephanie Saland, Margaret Tracey, Violette Verdy, Heather Watts, Miranda Weese, Wendy Whelan. The awards were presented by Chita Rivera at an all-Robbins program of the New York City Ballet. Click here to read their remembrances of working with Jerry.
Conceived and Produced by Ellen Bar and Sean Suozzi
Directed by Jody Lee Lipes & Henry Joost
Performed by dancers from New York City Ballet
Improvisations section from NY Export: Opus Jazz – The Film
A Resource Guide for Dance Teachers
When Ellen Bar and Sean Suozzi embarked upon the ambitious project to create a film that would capture the essence of Jerome Robbins’ ballet NY Export: Opus Jazz, they conceived it as a gift to future generations – as a loving tribute to a choreographic genius and his masterworks, as a means to further Robbins’ legacy, and as a work of film art on its own terms. Educational use of the film – for children and teens and also for the general public – was part of their plan from the outset.
An arts education that neglects Robbins and his significant influence on classical ballet, jazz dance, the Broadway stage and film would be at best incomplete. Christopher Pennington and Allen Greenberg of the Jerome Robbins Organization both saw the potential in this approach and offered to support the creation of a film guide for dance teachers that would explore thematic and movement ideas in the piece and in the film and suggest lesson activities and unit arcs for teachers to adapt in their own way.
Author Ann Biddle is a dance education expert and consultant who has done a splendid job of walking the reader through the sections of the film, suggesting myriad ideas and essential questions to underpin instruction and providing examples of full units of study for elementary, middle and high school. Technique, improvisatory exploration, student composition, reconstruction/staging, research and reflective discussion are all addressed as instructional modalities. Guidance about using the film in a variety of ways for different age groups is extremely useful as well. All of this work is explicitly aligned with the NYC Department of Education’s Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance PreK-12 – the learning standards for dance education in New York City.
For further information, contact Christopher Pennington (firstname.lastname@example.org) or see www.opusjazz.com or www.jeromerobbins.org.
Shot on location in New York City and starring an ensemble cast of New York City Ballet dancers, NY Export: Opus Jazz takes Jerome Robbins‘ 1958 “ballet in sneakers” and reimagines it for a new generation in this scripted adaptation. After winning an Audience Award at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival, the film aired nationally on PBS’ Great Performances series, internationally on BBC4, and was nominated for the Rose d’Or Award. It has gone on to screen theatrically at 28 festivals and 17 nonprofit cinemas in 48 cities on 6 continents worldwide and is now available on DVD and iTunes.
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