Jerome Robbins’s In Memory Of . . . to the music of Alban Berg’s violin concerto is back in New York City Ballet’s repertory this season at the State Theater after being shown for only five performances last spring. Its premiere on June 13, 1985, marked the first time that Robbins has made a ballet for Suzanne Farrell, and it is a singular event for several other reasons. Robbins is now, with Peter Martins, Ballet Master in Chief of New York City Ballet. He has for decades been one of the most renowned choreographers in the world, a reputation he earned on his own, not one he gained by default on Balanchine’s death. (Balanchine was never as famous as Robbins.) His wide notice came from his work in now legendary hit Broadway shows like The King and I, Fiddler on the Roof West Side Story, and Gypsy. Even though the world of ballet is infinitely smaller than the...


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