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.
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