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NY Export: Opus Jazz

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

New York City Ballet soloists Ellen Bar and co-director Jody Lee Lipes, who made the film with Henry Joost, discuss “NY Export: Opus Jazz,” a new film adaptation of Jerome Robbins’ “ballet in sneakers,” which became a smash hit in 1958. Set to an evocative jazz score by Robert Prince, the dance told the story of disaffected urban youth through a blending of ballet, jazz, and ballroom dancing with Latin, African, and American rhythms. “NY Export: Opus Jazz” was shot on location around New York City, and it premieres Wednesday, March 24, on PBS.

Guests:

Ellen Bar and Jody Lee Lipes

Comments [3]

Robin Stuelpner from FLushing,NY

I agree with Robert-dance should be viewed with a wide angle view to show the movement in space which is essentially the choreography.

Mar. 23 2010 03:22 PM
Robert Mooney from Wall Street Neighborhood

I'm glad you mentioned the madness/badness of most films of dance performances. I saw a Twyla Tharp composition both on the stage and on the local PBS station. Why (WHY?!!!) do the producers of dance film think the audience wants or needs close-ups of the dancers faces? It is a dance. Pull back and watch from a fixed (perhaps central) spot. Give the home viewer the same advantage a theater viewer has...the ability to see the entire stage and production in perspective. Rocket science.

Mar. 23 2010 01:22 PM
David from UWS, NYC

Thank you for identifying the dancers involved in the film. Perhaps the musicians could be identified as well? (On the radio, we can't see the dancers dance; we can only hear the musicians play).

Mar. 23 2010 01:12 PM

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