- Afternoon of a Faun (Robbins)
"Afternoon of a Faun" is a ballet made by
Jerome Robbins, subsequently ballet masterof New York City Ballet, to Debussy's " Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune". The premiere took place May 14, 1953 at City Center of Music and Drama, New York, with scenery and lighting by Jean Rosenthaland costumes by Irene Sharaff.
Robbin's setting differs from the original version by Vaslav Nijinsky by placing the "
danseur" in a ballet studio (a three wall set) lounging on the floor. A ballerina enters and they dance facing the audience as though looking into the mirrored wall of the studio. He kisses his partner on the cheek, and she "bourrées" out of the studio and off-stage. He returns to his initial supine position.
Tanaquil Le Clercq[To whom Jerome Robbins dedicated this ballet. "Repertory Week", Spring season, 2008, week 3]
American Ballet Theatre
Spring 2008 Jerome Robbins celebration
Playbill", New York City Ballet, Thursday, May 15, 2008
*"Repertory Week", New York City Ballet, Spring Season, 2008 repertory, week 3
* [http://jeromerobbins.org/ The Jerome Robbins Foundation and Trust website]
* [http://www.nycballet.com NYCB website]
* [http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=FA0E1EFF3F5B157A93C7A8178ED85F478585F9 NY Times review by John Martin, May 15, 1953]
* [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9902E4D71438F932A25756C0A964948260 NY Times review by
Anna Kisselgoff, May 11, 1982]
* [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E0CEFD7123CF930A15751C0A964958260 NY Times review by
Jennifer Dunning, February 23, 1992]
* [http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/25/arts/dance/25ball.html NY Times review by
Roslyn Sulcas, October 25, 2005]
* [http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/19/arts/dance/19banq.html NY Times review by
Gia Kourlas, February 19, 2007]
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