Jerome Robbins, Watermill Revisited, Christine Conrad
Watermill Revisited, the new e-book from Christine Conrad, provides a unique understanding of the controversial ballet Watermill, and weaves her long relationship with internationally acclaimed director and choreographer Jerome Robbins into a fascinating story that connects Watermill with the underlying stresses of Robbins' romantic relationships. The e-book is available today.
Filled with details never before revealed, Conrad explains how Watermill followed an extremely shattering personal time for this brilliant artist. And as Robbins pointed out in his work notebooks, it was autobiographical and he was 'healing.'
Created in 1971 for New York City Ballet and influenced by Japanese Noh drama, Watermill has been described as one of the most unusual pieces from this renowned choreographer. Reviewers either loved or hated it and it was decidedly controversial where ballet audiences were concerned. The combination of its slow pacing, unconventional images, and bold sexual dance moves provoked a mixture of stunned silence or enthusiastic applause at the end of performances.
Water Mill is the name of a beach town on Long Island where Jerome Robbins had rented houses. He loved being by the ocean. It was his retreat from the city; a place where he found peace in the solitude and scenery and allowed him time to reflect and regroup.
In Watermill Revisited, Conrad makes the link with an earlier ballet, Facsimile, that told of a similar tale of triangulating between lovers – a pattern Robbins was never able to conquer in his lifetime. Filled with details from journals written by this very private man during his lifetime, this absorbing book gives lovers of theater and dance a read not easy to put down.
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