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Holland “I am a perfectionist … I wear that badge proudly. I think that’s what art is about – trying to make it as good as you possibly can . .. People gripe. They gripe. I can’t help what they say … My idea is to do a show and put it in front of the people and make it as good as I can and good as I think it should be” (Conrad, 155). Jerome Robbins is a man of intensity. He is an innovator, a creator, an individualist, and a master. If one man stands out beyond the rest, Jerome Robbins comes to mind. If it were not for his creative abilities, theatre, as we know it to exist today, would not have evolved the same way. Robbins inspired many more people than he could have ever imagined. Robbins searched for acceptance in his everyday life while pushing limits and breaking boundaries through his art. Robbins is in no way the stereotypical choreographer, as he brought much more than steps to his dancers; he brought meaning and life to an idea. Later on in his life, when he was asked if he had a preference between film or stage, Robbins replied, “I’m in love … with the live stage. It’s my first and only love. Movies? I’m fascinated by the medium but not by Hollywood” (Conrad, 145). Robbins, and especially his mother, knew from an early age that he was destined for the performing arts – especially the theatre arts. Through out his life, luck seemed to reside on Robbins’ side – in the end, problems continually straightened themselves out for the better. Without relying on sterotype, Robbins’ success seemed to In 1904, a Russian-Jewish young man emigrated from Russia; his name was Harry Rabinowitz. In 1911, at the age of 21, he married Lena Rips. Together, the couple had two children, a boy, Jerome, and a girl, Sonia. October 11, 1918 made Harry and Lena Rabinowitz proud parents of a little baby boy named Jerome. Jerome Rabinowitz, later known as Robbins, was born in New York City. When Jerome and his sister Sonia, six years his senior, were young, their father owned a Delicatessen in the heart of the then Jewish section of New York. The
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Holland Kosher delicatessen owned and operated by Harry Rabinowitz and his brothers was located on East Ninety-Sixth Street, in what is now the Spanish Harlem area. In the early 1920s, the Rabinowitz’s sold the delicatessen and moved the family to Weehawken, New Jersey, a relatively small town across the bay from New York. Moving to Weehawken meant living with Lena’s parents. Because of the family’s change in living situation, many scholars automatically assume the Rabinowitz’s grew up poor. However, Robbert Emmet Long reveals that the family would have been considered lower middle class, and they were not poor but were able to live comfortably (Long). While residing in Weehawken, Robbins’ parents went into the corset business (Conrad). The Rips side of Jerome’s family primarily consisted of women, and strong women at that. The Rips girls were a strong group of women before strength in women was
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course THR 112 taught by Professor Gregory during the Spring '08 term at Niagara University.

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