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Poppa piece rehearsals.

Title
Poppa piece [videorecording] : rehearsals. [Feb. 8-21, 1991].
Publication
1991.

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Moving imagePermit needed *MGZIA 4-6087 JRCPerforming Arts Research Collections - Dance

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Additional Authors
  • Robbins, Jerome
  • Rifkin, Ron
  • Alexander, Jace
  • Wieselman, Doug.
  • Harnick, Sheldon.
  • Weidman, John, 1946-
  • Lincoln Center Theater (New York, N.Y.)
Description
1 videocassette (VHS, NTSC) (85 min.) : sd., col.; 1/2 in.
Summary
This tape contains excerpts from rehearsals of Poppa piece. Jerome Robbins appears in some segments and in others his voice is heard. The performers are in rehearsal clothes, with some props. There is piano and drum accompaniment. The tape begins with an uninterrupted run-through on Feb. 8 of the following scenes: an opening monologue spoken by Jace Alexander ("This is a Jew piece...") and his dance with his father's dead body; an ensemble dance depicting Biblical stories, witnessed by the boy and his grandfather (the parting of the Red Sea, Adam and Eve, Samson and Delilah, Cain and Abel, Moses and the ten commandments, David and Goliath); a monologue ("When I was six we went to Europe to visit my grandfather..."); the Bar Mitvah sequence (the boy and his tutor studying the Torah, with interruptions from a crowd of disruptive students, and from cyclists who mock them through the window; the boy being dressed by elders, and the Bar Mitzvah itself, ending with the boy being comforted by his mother); a scene with the boy and his father reading a newspaper; the bicycle ballet; a dance with towels and beach balls. The remainder of the tape consists of variants of the Bar Mitzvah sequence, the towel dance and bicycle ballet, and the first rehearsal of a locker room scene. There is a long break in the filming after 64 minutes.
Series Statement
Jerome Robbins Collection
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Dance.
  • Drama.
  • Video.
  • Autobiographical works.
  • Dance rehearsals.
Note
  • Time/date code on frame.
Access (note)
  • Permission required.
Credits (note)
  • Music: Douglas Wieselman. Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick. Dialogue: John Wiedman.
Event (note)
  • Videotaped in studio rehearsal, in rehearsal clothes, at Lincoln Center Theater, in New York City, between Feb. 8 and 21, 1991.
Funding (note)
  • Preservation made possible in part with public funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Biography (note)
  • Poppa piece is an autobiographical work created by Jerome Robbins, with music, dance and dialogue. It features two actors (a boy and a young man) portraying the central character; other characters include his father, his grandfather, and his mother. There is also a large cast of dancers. Poppa piece was rehearsed in workshops during 1991 at the Lincoln Center Theater, but was never produced.
Call Number
*MGZIA 4-6087 JRC
OCLC
NYPT03-F31
Title
Poppa piece [videorecording] : rehearsals. [Feb. 8-21, 1991].
Imprint
1991.
Country of Producing Entity
U.S.
Series
Jerome Robbins Collection
Restricted Access
Permission required.
Credits
Music: Douglas Wieselman. Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick. Dialogue: John Wiedman.
Performer
Rehearsed by ensemble cast, including Ron Rifkin, Jace Alexander.
Event
Videotaped in studio rehearsal, in rehearsal clothes, at Lincoln Center Theater, in New York City, between Feb. 8 and 21, 1991.
Funding
Preservation made possible in part with public funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Biography
Poppa piece is an autobiographical work created by Jerome Robbins, with music, dance and dialogue. It features two actors (a boy and a young man) portraying the central character; other characters include his father, his grandfather, and his mother. There is also a large cast of dancers. Poppa piece was rehearsed in workshops during 1991 at the Lincoln Center Theater, but was never produced.
Added Author
Robbins, Jerome, choreographer.
Robbins, Jerome, director.
Robbins, Jerome, creator.
Rifkin, Ron, actor.
Alexander, Jace, actor.
Wieselman, Doug. Composer
Harnick, Sheldon. Lyricist
Weidman, John, 1946- Author of dialog
Lincoln Center Theater (New York, N.Y.)
Research Call Number
*MGZIA 4-6087 JRC
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