Robbins’ Les Noces: Choreographing Counter-McCarthyism

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. “Erin Martin and William Glassman in American Ballet Theatre performance of Les Noces” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1965.

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Emily Young

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Statement: Robbins’ Les Noces: Choreographing Counter-McCarthyism” analyzes Les Noces (1963) through the lens of McCarthyism to understand the salience of Robbins’ identity to the ballet’s Russian subjectivity. In addition to primary research from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Jerome Robbins Dance Division and biographical attention to Robbins’ House of Un-American Activities (HUAC) trial, this project is bolstered by the affordances of Mediathread. Visually juxtaposing Robbins’ choreography with Bronislava Nijinska’s Les Noces (1936) enables us to better evaluate Robbins’ originality and to observe how his particular perspective comes through in his choreography.