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’Watermill Revisited’ - Focus On Life Of Choreographer Jerome Robbins

Originally Posted: April 23, 2012

Water Mill - The price Jerome Robbins paid in his personal life for his art was extraordinarily high. "Watermill Revisited," the new e-book from Christine Conrad, provides a unique understanding of the controversial ballet "Watermill," and weaves her long relationship with this internationally acclaimed director and choreographer into a fascinating story that connects "Watermill" with the underlying stresses of Robbins' romantic relationships.

Filled with details never before revealed, Conrad explains how "Watermill" followed an extremely shattering personal time for this brilliant artist. And as Robbins pointed out in his work notebooks, it was autobiographical and he was 'healing.'

Created in 1971 for New York City Ballet and influenced by Japanese Noh drama, "WaterMill," has been described as one of the most unusual pieces from this renowned choreographer. Reviewers either loved it or hated it, and it was decidedly controversial where ballaet audiences audiences were concerned. The combination of its slow pacing, unconventional images, and bold sexual dance moves provoked a mixture of stunned silence or enthusiastic applause at the end of performances.

Jerome Robbins had rented houses in Water Mill, and loved being by the ocean. It was his retreat from the city; a place where he found peace in the solitude and scenery and allowed him time to reflect and regroup.

In "Watermill Revisited," Conrad makes the link with an earlier ballet, "Facsimile," that told a similar tale of triangulating between lovers - a pattern Robbins was never able to conquer in his lifetime. Filled with details from journals written by this very private man during his lifetime, this absorbing book gives lovers of theater and dance a read not easy to put down.

"Watermill Revisited" is the author's second book about Jerome Robbins; the first being her pictorial biography "Jerome Robbins: That Broadway Man, That Ballet Man." However, in "Watermill Revisited" the writer goes into greater detail about her relationship with Robbins and adds new levels of intriguing details about him that have never been revealed until now.

"Watermill Revisited" follows Christine Conrad's well-reviewed novel "Mademoiselle Benoir," written in epistolary form and inspired by a true story. Conrad began working full-time as a writer for film and television in Los Angeles in the early 1980s, and is well-known for originating the screenplay of "Junior" which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger. Her short stories have been featured on BBC Radio, and she has received rave reviews from The London Times, Daily Telegraph, and others. Raised in NYC, she has worked in theatre, as an editor in book publishing, and as New York City film commissioner.

Her life took an unexpected turn when a serious illness in the mid-1990s galvanized her to become an advocate for women's health. This encouraged her to write two best-selling books on natural hormone replacement and launch her non-profit foundation www.naturalwoman.org that has helped thousands of women get life-changing treatment. Conrad continues to live and work in Los Angeles and is currently working on several different projects.

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