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.