Jerome Robbins at 100

Jerome Robbins, 1918 - 2018

1950

At New York City Ballet, choreographs Age of Anxiety and, with George Balanchine, Jones Beach.  On Broadway, Robbins choreographs Call Me Madam.

1951

At New York City Ballet, Robbins choreographs The Cage and The Pied Piper; on Broadway, The King and I.  Through 1953, he travels to Israel several times, recommending Inbal Dance Theatre to the American Fund for Israel Institutions.

1952

Choreographs Ballade for New York City Ballet and Two’s Company on Broadway.

1953

Choreographs Fanfare and Afternoon of a Faun for New York City Ballet.  Stages musical numbers for televised The Ford 50th Anniversary Show with Mary Martin and Ethel Merman.

1954

After working with Balanchine on The Nutcracker, staging the battle with the Rat King in the ballet’s first act, Robbins choreographs Quartet.  On Broadway this year, he co-directs The Pajama Game with George Abbott and adapts, choreographs, and directs Peter Pan.

For New York City Opera, Robbins directs Aaron Copland’s opera, The Tender Land.  His mother attends the opening despite being ill.  She dies eleven days later on April 12.

1955

Robbins receives an Emmy Award for adapting, directing, and choreographing Peter Pan for its first televised broadcast.

1956

Broadway: directs and choreographs Bells Are Ringing.  Film: choreographs The King and I.  Television: stages the second broadcast of Peter PanDance Magazine exhibits his paintings in their offices in New York City.  For New York City Ballet, he choreographs The Concert which will be the last ballet Robbins makes on NYCB until 1969.