Jeanne Robinson: 1948-2010
Jeanne Robinson, dancer, choreographer, teacher and Hugo and Nebula winning co-author of three science fiction novels known as The Stardance Trilogy
with her husband Spider Robinson, died Sunday of bilary tract cancer at the age of 62.
Robinson studied dance at the Boston Conservatory, and at the Martha
Graham, Alvin Ailey, and Erick
Hawkins schools. She performed with the Beverly Brown Dance
Ensemble in New York and served as the artistic director of Halifax’s
Nova Dance Theatre, where she choreographed more than thirty original
works. In the seventies she created the concept of zero-gravity dance in the
Hugo Award-winning novel Stardance. In 1980 NASA asked her to dance in space aboard the Space
Shuttle– an invitation withdrawn when the Challenger explosion ended the
Civilian In Space Program.
She is survived by her husband of 35 years, her daughter Terri, and her granddaughter Marisa. She was a wonderful woman and will be missed. Our hearts go out to her family.
Spider writes about her and her passing here.