He was famous for reinventing the Broadway musical, creating a vernacular American ballet, pushing the art form to new boundaries where it had never gone before, integrating dance seamlessly with character, story and music, and as Associate Artistic Director, Ballet Master, and Co-Artistic Director, with George Balanchine, shaping the New York City Ballet with daring and brio for more than five decades through his often startling choreography in ballet’s classical idiom. The titanic choreographer, revealed in his own words—the closest we will get to a memoir/autobiography—from his never-before-published letters, journals, and diaries. Amanda Vaill, draws on the vast and closely held Robbins’ archives of his writings to give us a sense of hisrange as a thinker and artist, as well as a revealing glimpse into the mind and heart of this towering cultural giant.
Amanda Vaill will be in conversation
with author Molly Haskell