Color photograph of Jerome Robbins rehearsing "Circus Polka" with young ballet dancers by Costas C0462 Guide to Color photograph of Jerome Robbins rehearsing "Circus Polka" with young ballet dancers by Costas

Color photograph of Jerome Robbins rehearsing "Circus Polka" with young ballet dancers by Costas C0462

Guide to Color photograph of Jerome Robbins rehearsing "Circus Polka" with young ballet dancers by Costas


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George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center
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C0462
Title
Color photograph of Jerome Robbins rehearsing "Circus Polka" with young ballet dancers by Costas1972
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https://scrc.gmu.edu/finding_aids/robbinscostasphoto
Quantity
.01 Linear Feet 1 item.
Creator
Costas
Language
English .
Abstract
Matted color photograph featuring the dancer and choreographer Jerome Robbins taking a bow during rehearsals of the ballet "Circus Polka" in 1972. The photograph is signed by Robbins. It is also signed by Costas, the photographer, on the matte.

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Biographical and Historical Note

Jerome Robbins was one of the foremost dancers and choreographers of the 20th century. Born to Russian-Jewish immigrants in New York City in 1918, Robbins rose to prominence in the 1940s with his choreography for a number of Broadway shows. In 1949 Robbins became the Associate Artistic Director of the New York City Ballet under George Balanchine, cementing his place in the international ballet scene. Robbins gained worldwide fame with his Tony Award-winning choreography for the musicals West Side Story and Fiddler on the Roof, after which he pivoted to ballet for the rest of his career. Robbins passed away in 1998.

"Circus Polka" is a short ballet with music by Igor Stravinsky and choreography by Jerome Robbins. The piece was originally commissioned by Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus as an act for their elephants accompanied by ballerinas. In 1972 Robbins choreographed a showpiece to the music for the Stravinsky Festival which featured himself as the circus Ringmaster, accompanied by forty-eight young students from the School of American Ballet. The ballet continues to be performed today.

Costas Cacaroukas - known by the mononym Costas - was a Greek-American dance photographer. He was the photographer in residence for the New York City Ballet for the majority of his career and was closely associated with George Balanchine. He was also the photographer in residence for American Ballet Theatre. In additon to the New York City Ballet, Costs photographed many other dance companies, both national and international.

Related Material

The Special Collections Research Cente also holds the Black and white photograph of Jerome Robbins in rehearsal with young ballet dancers for "Circus Polka" by Martha Swope, the Black and white photographs of Jerome Robbins rehearsing with ballet dancers for "Antique Epigraphs" by Martha Swope, and the Black and white photograph of prominent members of the original "West Side Story" production team by Friedman-Abeles photography firm. It also holds many other performing arts collections that touch on Robbins and the New York City Ballet.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Ballet
  • Dance
  • Robbins, Jerome

Bibliography

The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. "Jerome Robbins." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica, inc., Accessed January 19, 2021. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Jerome-Robbins. Kisselgoff, Anna. "Jerome Robbins, 79, Is Dead; Giant of Ballet and Broadway." The New York Times, July 30, 1998. Accessed January 19, 2021. https://www.nytimes.com/1998/07/30/theater/jerome-robbins-79-is-dead-giant-of-ballet-and-broadway.html. New York City Ballet. "Circus Polka." New York City Ballet, Accessed January 19, 2021. https://www.nycballet.com/discover/ballet-repertory/circus-polka/. The New York Public Library Archives and Manuscripts Division. "Costas dance photographs 1966 - 2016." The New York Public Library, Accessed January 19, 2021. http://archives.nypl.org/dan/24253.