Great Performances: Dance in America: NY Export: Opus Jazz
Friday, June 21 at 10:00 p.m.
A "ballet in sneakers" choreographed by the legendary Jerome Robbins in 1958, "NY Export: Opus Jazz" was a breakout success in its day, complete with a world tour and a broadcast on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
This film production takes the overlooked Robbins' masterpiece off of the stage and places it back into the landscapes that inspired it, filmed on locations all over the five boroughs of New York.
Set to a jazz score by Robert Prince, the five movements blend ballet, jazz and ballroom with Latin, African and American rhythms to create a style that remains expressive, sensual and contemporary.
Co-conceived by New York City Ballet principal dancers Ellen Bar and Sean Suozzi, the 16 characters are city kids drawn together by their youth, their energy and their hunger for life, but this "Opus Jazz" takes them out of the 50s and into today. Fashions and skylines change, but the experience of being young in New York belongs to every generation.