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Robbins in Love With Chopin: "No Stories" By Robert Greskovic

49 years later, Robert Greskovic remembers the premiere of the ballet Dances at a Gathering—and the intricate details of its construction which lend to its timelessness.Read More ›

Jerome Robbins On Television by Gregory Victor

Editor-in-Chief of the Jerome Robbins Foundation newsletter Gregory Victor has spent many years writing in specific detail about under-reported areas of Robbins' life and career.  In this guest blog, he writes about Robbins' relationship with television.  Robbins studied the medium technically, not passively in his role as audience, and gave much thought to its capacity and its limitations as producer.

Director/choreographer Jerome Robbins resisted working in television. Robbins had three main objections: the challenge in collapsing three-dimensional 

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Fond Reminiscences of Jerome Robbins by William James Earle

A good friend and frequent dinner guest of Jerome Robbins shares his thoughts on the world-famous choreographer's friends and good times (and love of the NYPL), in this guest post. Read More ›

An Emotional Archive: Hiie Saumaa on Jerome Robbins

A Jerome Robbins Dance Research Fellow reflects on Robbins' life and archives, from a January 2018 symposium. Read More ›

Happy Lunar New Year: Books and Events to Honor the Year of the Dog | 新年快樂 | 새해 복 많이 받으세요 | Chúc Mừng Năm Mới

Begin celebrating The Year of the Dog with a selection of books, recordings, and Library events to suit all ages. Read More ›

Finding Frederick Melton

To promote a recent exhibition on George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, an NYPL staff member had to become a detective. Here's his fascinating story. Read More ›

Connected Choreography? Nijinsky's "Faune" & Robbins's "Faun"

Alastair Macaulay, chief dance critic for The New York Times, investigates connections between Vaslav Nijinsky’s "L'Après-midi d'un Faune" and Jerome Robbins’s "Afternoon of a Faun."Read More ›

Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound

With materials from New York Public Library archival collections, a new exhibition celebrates the life of one the most important figures in classical music and increases awareness about the importance of sound archives and preservation.Read More ›

Sharing Dance Digitally: Understanding Issues of Copyright & Access

Intern Lexa Armstrong shares what she learned while working in the Jerome Robbins Dance Division.Read More ›

Digital Footprints: Creating a Loie Fuller Database

Intern Juliana DeVaan shares what she learned while working in the Jerome Robbins Dance Division.Read More ›

The Show That Got Away: Lucky in the Rain

Sherman Yellen writes about "the one that everyone assured [me] was destined for great success" but "eluded [my] grasp and got away."Read More ›

Ep. 77 "I Wouldn't Be Who I Am Without That Library" | Library Stories

"Hello Dolly" star Bette Midler describes researching her character at the New York Library for the Performing Arts.Read More ›

New Federal Theatre: A Brief History

The New Federal Theatre was founded in 1970. From its inception to today, the Theatre is as an iconic performance space for many widely recognized African-American actors, directors, and playwrights. Read More ›

Isadora Duncan and Her Collaborators

Guest post by New York Public Library Short-Term Fellow Chantal Frankenbach, California State University, Sacramento

The American modern dancer Isadora Duncan (1877–1927) was one of the most acclaimed and influential artists of her time. Notorious for her romantic involvements with the likes of British theater critic Gordon Craig, German biologist Ernst Haeckel, and millionaire Paris Singer, Duncan also attracted artists and intellectuals as collaborators in her work as a dancer. These collaborations have a great deal to tell us of her wide-ranging ideas about the 

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Bugaku: Japanese Imperial Court Dance

For much of its history, bugaku remained an exclusive and privileged experience, performed only at the Japanese imperial court and, very rarely, as part of religious rituals at temples or shrines. Read More ›

10 Great Books on Lou Reed, The Velvet Underground, and 1960s Counterculture

The Library has just announced the acquisition of the Lou Reed Archive, and we're celebrating the life and legacy of this rock icon with a series of displays, programs, and performances. Read More ›

African Dance Interview Project Year Two Videos Now Available

The Jerome Robbins Dance Division is pleased to belatedly announce that the final seven interviews documented with the Mertz Gilmore Foundation grant to record African dancers and choreographers working and teaching in New York are now onlineRead More ›

Stage to Screen, New York to London (or Vice Versa)

Exploring the Library for the Performing Arts' Cinema Series 40 Years of London and New York Theatre on Film.Read More ›

Which Witch Is Which? The Other Salem/McCarthy Parable

Featuring the research and analysis of Emma Winter Zeig, volunteer and former intern, on one of the songs discovered for "Laughter, Agita and Rage": Political Cabaret in Isaiah Sheffer's New York. Read More ›

Macabre Imagery: Visual Representations of the Dance of Death

A new case exhibit on the third floor of the Library for the Performing Arts presents a small historical survey of the characteristic imagery and common features of visual representations of the dance of death.Read More ›
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