Dance: Robbins the Romantic

Jerome Robbins is currently considered the man most likely to succeed George Balanchine as artistic guru of the New York City Ballet. Thus every new ballet by Robbins is scrutinized with particular care, to see how his choreographic talents blend with the performing skills of a company that was created by the immortal Mr. B.

To judge by his latest work, Robbins —who is reputed to be a demanding taskmaster—has a gift for drawing out the abilities of the company's dancers in a dramatic and visually effective way.

An Evening's Waltzes, which was given its premiere by the City Ballet last month, looks...

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