American Masters

Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About (Season 23, Episode 1)
TV Episode | 120 min | Documentary, Biography

Born Jerome Wilson Rabinowitz, Jerome Robbins was a dancer and choreographer. Starting his career as a modern dancer, he began to appreciate the technique involved in ballet, the two which he merged in his choreography, especially in ...See moreBorn Jerome Wilson Rabinowitz, Jerome Robbins was a dancer and choreographer. Starting his career as a modern dancer, he began to appreciate the technique involved in ballet, the two which he merged in his choreography, especially in musical theater. In his choreography, he was renowned for injecting personality into each individual dancer's role and integrating dance not only into the storyline but into the everyday movement of the character. His primary interest was in telling American stories through dance. His professional career finished more the modern ballet realm. He was a taskmaster and perfectionist which invoked from those he worked with a mixture of admiration, praise and from some hatred. In both his professional and personal life, he was prone to self-doubt and self-loathing. In the latter half of his career and life, some of this feeling stemmed from his testimony provided to the House Un-American Activities Committee. Written by Huggo See less
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Feb 18, 2009 (United States)

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Ib Andersen
Self (archive footage) Self (archive footage)   See fewer
William Archibald
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Fred Astaire
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Anthony Blum
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Ruthhanna Boris
Self (as Ruthanna Boris) Self (as Ruthanna Boris)   See fewer
Lucia Chase
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Imogene Coca
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Betty Comden
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Bart Robinson Cook
Self (as Bart Cook) Self (as Bart Cook)   See fewer
Joseph Duell
Sailor in 'Fancy Free' (archive footage) Sailor in 'Fancy Free' (archive footage)   See fewer
Roy Durbin
Bottle Dancer (archive footage) Bottle Dancer (archive footage)   See fewer
Christine Ebersole
Tessie Tura in 'Gypsy' (archive footage) Tessie Tura in 'Gypsy' (archive footage)   See fewer
Jean-Pierre Frohlich
Self / Sailor #1 in 'Fancy Free' Self / Sailor #1 in 'Fancy Free'   See fewer
Cynthia Gibb
Louise (archive footage) Louise (archive footage)   See fewer
Adolph Green
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Tom Halloran
Michael in 'Peter Pan' (archive footage) Michael in 'Peter Pan' (archive footage)   See fewer
Robert Harrington
John in 'Peter Pan' (archive footage) John in 'Peter Pan' (archive footage)   See fewer
Linda Hart
Mazeppa in 'Gypsy' (archive footage) Mazeppa in 'Gypsy' (archive footage)   See fewer
Kipling Houston
Self (archive footage) Self (archive footage)   See fewer
Larry Kert
Tony in 'West Side Story' (archive footage) Tony in 'West Side Story' (archive footage)   See fewer
John Kriza
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Harold Lang
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Tanaquil Le Clerq
Self (archive footage) (as Tanaquil Le Clercq) Self (archive footage) (as Tanaquil Le Clercq)   See fewer
Madeline Lee
Self (as Madeline Lee Gilford) Self (as Madeline Lee Gilford)   See fewer
Adam Luders
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Natalia Makarova
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Mary Martin
Peter Pan in 'Peter Pan' (archive footage) Peter Pan in 'Peter Pan' (archive footage)   See fewer
Anna McNeely
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Ethel Merman
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Edward R. Murrow
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Kathleen Nolan
Wendy / Jane in 'Peter Pan' (archive footage) Wendy / Jane in 'Peter Pan' (archive footage)   See fewer
Janis Paige
Self (archive footage) Self (archive footage)   See fewer
John Raitt
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Ron Rifkin
Narrator (voice) Narrator (voice)   See fewer
Cyril Ritchard
Captain Hook in 'Peter Pan' (archive footage) Captain Hook in 'Peter Pan' (archive footage)   See fewer
Jerome Robbins
Self (archive footage) Self (archive footage)   See fewer
Ken Robson
Bottle Dancer (archive footage) Bottle Dancer (archive footage)   See fewer
Stephanie Saland
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Robert Stevenson
Bottle Dancer (archive footage) Bottle Dancer (archive footage)   See fewer
Ed Sullivan
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Helgi Tomasson
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Gwen Verdon
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Nancy Walker
Self (archive footage) Self (archive footage)   See fewer
Heather Watts
Self (archive footage) Self (archive footage)   See fewer
Damian Woetzel
Self (archive footage) Self (archive footage)   See fewer
Yuriko
Self Self   See fewer
Lou Zamprogna
Bottle Dancer (archive footage) Bottle Dancer (archive footage)   See fewer
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