Serata Jerome Robbins
Jerome Robbins contributed his dance talents to timeless productions such as Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, Peter Pan and countless other classics. The Rome Opera House celebrates the choreographer’s rich legacy with a trio of his famed modern ballet spectacles: ‘Glass Pieces’, ‘In the Night’ and ‘The Concert’. The selection underscores Robbins’s creativity and versatility, and the music of Frederic Chopin and Philipp Glass makes the audio-visual experience all the more special.
‘Glass Pieces’, the evening’s opener, is a modern ballet Robbins intended as an homage to the busy everyday pace of New York City. Originally premiered in 1983, the performance features original music by Philipp Glass, including excerpts from Glassworks and Akhnaten. The atmospheric compositions resonate with the highly rhythmical, pulsating urban choreography that captures the fast-pace and overwhelming buzz of life in the Big Apple.
Next comes ‘In the Night’, Robbins’s exploration of romantic love in its many forms. The ballet premiered at New York’s Lincoln Center in 1970. With the splendid nocturnes of Frédéric Chopin and the extravagant costumes of Anthony Dowell, the performance still has the power to move and to touch audiences as it paints the numerous aspects of love, this pinnacle of human emotions.
‘The Concert’ closes the evening and brings us to the choreographic roots of Jerome Robbins. This performance, originally from 1956, displays the ballet master’s sense of humour. Using various piano pieces by Chopin, Robbins imagines the different scenarios running through the heads of a concert audience. Watching the various fantastical plots unfold in meticulously crafted stage movement will leave no doubt as to the ballet master’s tremendous gift. With Serata Jerome Robbins, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma pays a fitting homage.