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2009 George Foster Peabody Award

2009 Emmy® Award – Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming

2009 Emmy® Award – Outstanding Voice-Over Performance

No other creative figure of the latter twentieth century was as contradictory as Jerome Robbins, and few were as controversial. He was a master of the Broadway musical, transforming its possibilities with such works as West Side Story, Gypsy and Peter Pan, and was one of the greatest ballet choreographers this country has ever produced.  The first and only documentary on Robbins profiles this complex mid-century artist.  Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About features excerpts from his personal journals, archival performance footage, never-before-seen rehearsal recordings, as well as interviews with Robbins himself and over forty of his colleagues–among them Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jacques d’Amboise, Suzanne Farrell, Arthur Laurents, Peter Martins, Rita Moreno, Austin Pendleton, Frank Rich, Chita Rivera, Stephen Sondheim; and Robbins’ Fiddler collaborators Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joseph Stein. Despite his professional successes, Robbins’ most important legacy was the humanity of his art. “Give me something to dance about and I’ll dance it,” he once told Irving Berlin. As this film shows, in the theater and in dance, he did that over and over again.