watermill Revisited

by Christine Conrad

Comments about this piece:

From playwright Terrence McNally

I thought the piece was wonderful. It deserves a wide audience.

From publisher Jonathan Galassi, Farrar, Strauss, Giroux

Dear Chris,
The piece is touching and revelatory. I don't know a lot about Robbins but I felt that this was an entirely fresh and genuine and sympathetic look at him.

The never before revealed story behind Jerome Robbins controversial ballet, "Watermill."

   The price Jerome Robbins paid in his personal life for his art was extremely high. Weaving in the story of her long relationship with Robbins, Conrad connects "Watermill" with the underlying stresses of his romantic relationships. The ballet followed an extremely shattering personal time. As he said in his work notebooks, it was autobiographical and he was "healing." Conrad makes the link with an earlier ballet, Facsimile (1946), that told of a similar tale of triangulating between lovers -- a pattern he was never able to conquer in his lifetime.

  Completely fascinating and surprising new material.

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