Dance: Where the Spirit Listeth

It seemed like a partnership that could not miss. Composer-Conductor Leonard Bernstein and Choreographer Jerome Robbins, who created an authentic American dance classic in Fancy Free (1944) and later joined forces on Broadway's evergreen West Side Story, were collaborating on a new work for the first time in nearly 17 years. In the season of The Exorcist, their theme had a certain built-in appeal: the ancient Jewish folk myth of the dybbuk, a wandering spirit of a dead person that invades and inhabits the body of a living man or woman. So what could go wrong?

The answer, alas, is...

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