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Directed by Jody Lee Lipes, Henry Joost

United States 2010 61 mins. In English

Conceived, created, and produced by New York City Ballet soloists Ellen Bar and Sean Suozzi, Opus Jazz is a reimagined adaptation of a 1958 “ballet in sneakers” by Jerome Robbins, a companion piece to his legendary West Side Story. An abstract tale of disaffected urban youth shot on location all over New York City, the film returns the original choreography to the streets that inspired it, with a score by Robert Prince and an ensemble cast of dancers from the New York City Ballet. “The characters jump, jive, and roll with the grit and restless spirit of urban youth. Like good dialogue, good dance can leap off the screen and leave you in wide-eyed amazement.”—Austin Chronicle. “This film is just about the purest, sexiest thing going in ballet.”—New York Magazine.

Genres: Performance

Appears in: Contact Dance



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