{dance} in america: NY export: opus jazz

I just saw this posted on the New York City Ballet facebook page.  Looks fantastic! I can’t wait for it to air.

Here’s what they say about it on the PBS website:

In 1958, Jerome Robbins’ “ballet in sneakers,” NY Export: Opus Jazz, became a smash hit when it was broadcast on The Ed Sullivan Show and toured around the world. Set to an evocative jazz score by Robert Prince and abstract urban backdrops by Ben Shahn, the dance told the story of disaffected urban youth through movement that blended ballet, jazz and ballroom dancing with Latin, African and American rhythms to create a powerfully expressive, sexy and contemporary style. Now, the work comes full circle in a vibrant new film adaptation, conceived by New York City Ballet soloists Ellen Bar and Sean Suozzi, that is shot on visually dynamic locations around New York City, premiering Wednesday, March 24 at 8 p.m. on Great Performances: Dance in America

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March 4, 2010. dance.

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