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Dance News: Archive in Motion, 75 Years Of The Jerome Robbins Dance Division, Running from July 15th Onwards

Dance News: Archive in Motion, 75 Years Of The Jerome Robbins Dance Division, Running from July 15th Onwards

Published on July 10, 2019
1971 Staff of Dance Collection. Photo by Jack Mitchell

WHEN: July 15, 2019 - January 25, 2020
WHERE: New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy & Lewis B. Cullman Center, Shelby Cullom Davis Museum, Vincent Astor Gallery.


The Jerome Robbins Dance Division celebrates its 75th year with an exhibition that charts its history and the establishment of international dance archival practices through the display of significant items from its collections.

Originally called the Dance Collection and housed at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at 42nd Street, in the 75 years since its creation, The New York Public Library’s Dance Division has become the world’s preeminent collection of dance research materials. Renamed in honor of Jerome Robbins — one of the Dance Division’s greatest supporters — in 1999, the Division not only houses its name sake's vast collection, but is the leading international repository for the history of dance, with documentation that dates back to 1453 and representation for dance of all styles from around the world. The archive includes irreplaceable film that dates back to 1897; unique designs by visual artists; choreographic notation; photographs; manuscript collections; shoes and many more examples of ephemera. When taken together, these materials provide the opportunity to fleetingly recapture the most elusive of the performing arts.

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