NY Export: Opus Jazz

“Few ballets capture what it means to be young in New York City like Jerome Robbins’s 1958 NY Export: Opus Jazz.” — Rebecca Milzoff, New York
Director: Jody Lee Lipes
Year: 2010
Country: USA
Running time: 60 mins

Producers: Kyle Martin, Melody C. Roscher
Screenplay/Photography: Jody Lee Lipes
Editor: Zachary Stuart-Pontier
Choreography: Jerome Robbins
Music: Robert Prince

With: Tiler Peck, Brittany Pollack, Troy Schumacher, Rebecca Krohn, Robert Fairchild, Andrew Veyette, Craig Hall, Adam Hendrickson, Amanda Hankes, Georgina Pazcoguin, Ashley Laracey, Giovanni Villalobos, Gretchen Smith, Austin Laurent, Amar Ramasar, Rachel Rutherford, Antonio Carmena, Glenn Keenan

Festivals: SXSW 2010

Audience Award (Emerging Visions), SXSW 2010

“A visual feast of color and physical beauty unfolds throughout this ‘ballet in sneakers,’ a film adaptation of the 1958 gem by Jerome Robbins, who choreographed the piece as a companion to his famed West Side Story. Shot on location in New York, the cast, made up of New York City Ballet dancers, stays true to the theatrical and musical rhythms of the 50s… The characters jump, jive, and roll with the grit and restless spirit of urban youth. Like good dialogue, good dance can leap off the screen and leave you in wide-eyed amazement… A short documentary by Anna Farrell and Matt Wolf follows this stunning performance.” — Amy Smith, Austin Chronicle

“[The film] couples camera and dance with vanguard intimacy and marvel …[and] is the creation of New York City Ballet soloists Ellen Bar and Sean Suozzi, whose passion for the project is realized in each breathlessly innovative expression of the dance… New York’s urban landscape becomes a veritable stage for expressing the dynamic mettle of youthful frustration, lust, escape, and freedom.” — Durga Chew-Bose, Interview

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