Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet

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Jennifer Homans, in her book Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet, includes Jerome Robbins' body of work and career as an important building block of modern ballet in America. She describes the importance of two dance traditions in influencing Robbins' early training and eventual production of diverse masterpieces: “the Jewish theatrical tradition of vaudeville and Broadway,” and “The Russian pillar” of ballet. Through his long career, it could be said that Jerome Robbin’s created “a distinctively American capacity to exaggerate and to distort, to invert and to reinvigorate across a panoply of styles and genres.” At times succeeding and at others being pulled too far to one tradition, his play with ballet reflected that of the great American experiment.

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