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Jerome Robbins to Be Celebrated at New York Public Library Exhibition

Voice of My City: Jerome Robbins and New York will trace the legendary choreographer's life and work alongside the history of New York.

Dancers in rehearsal for the original stage production of West Side Story, choreographed and directed by Jerome Robbins.
(© Martha Swope / The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts)

The New York Public Library has announced a new, free multimedia exhibition, Voice of My City: Jerome Robbins and New York, to celebrate the legendary choreographer's centennial. The exhibition opens at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Wednesday, September 26, and runs through Friday, March 30, 2019, in the Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery, Shelby Cullom Davis Museum.

Voice of My City, according to a press release, "traces Robbins' life and dances alongside the history of New York, inspiring viewers to see the city as both a source of inspiration and a confidante in their daily lives." Curated by Julia L. Foulkes, professor of history at the New School and author of books including To the City: Urban Photographs of the New Deal and A Place for Us: "West Side Story" and New York, the exhibition will include Robbins's sketches, rare photographs of his life and productions, personal ephemera, costumes, and other artifacts, drawn almost exclusively from the library's collections.

There will also be a slew of free public programs in conjunction with Voice of My City, including concerts; talks; screenings; and even a four-part mini-festival devoted to Johann Sebastian Bach's "Goldberg" Variations, inspired by Robbins's famous 1971 ballet work set to the piece and his lifelong love of Bach.

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