COMISSIONA--Robinne, passed away on May 5, 2014. Born in Romania. She was the beloved wife of the late conductor, Maestro Sergiu Comissiona, who died in 2005. She studied ballet from the age of nine and toured extensively with the Romanian State Ensemble, the Romanian State Opera Ballet and the Israeli National Opera. She made her debut in 1963 as a choreographer with the Harlequin Ballet in London and was acclaimed by critics as a "dedicated and imaginative choreographer." In 1973, with Elspeth Udvarhelyi, she co-founded Pointe-on-Strings, a public grant assisted ensemble in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1976 her company merged with the Maryland Ballet Company with whom she had been an advisor. In 1977 she founded the College Dance-Mime Theater, a dance pantomime group in Baltimore. She was awarded the Freddel Lack Award in 1983 for outstanding contributions to the enrichment of young people through art and education. Services will be held Thursday, 11:30am at "The Riverside", 76th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.
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Published in The New York Times on May 8, 2014