Great Performances: Dance in America: NY Export "Opus Jazz"

Sun, 06/23/2013 - 3:00pm
This new production of choreographer Jerome Robbins’ 1958 “ballet in sneakers,” NY Export: Opus Jazz , was filmed in the five boroughs of New York City.

Credit: Yaniv Schulman

This film takes the overlooked Robbins’ masterpiece off the stage and places it into the landscapes that inspired it, filmed on locations all over the five boroughs of New York City. 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.” Set to an evocative jazz score by Robert Prince with original abstract urban sets designed by Ben Shahn, the five movements blend ballet, jazz and ballroom with Latin, African and American rhythms to create a style that remains expressive, sensual and contemporary. Great Performances "NY Export: Opus Jazz" airs Sunday, June 23 at 3 p.m. on WXXI-TV.