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Tuesday, November 29, 19:00, Pro Arte Foundation
Program 6: Choreographer in Focus: Jerome Robbins

"NY Export: Opus Jazz" (45 minutes, 2007, USA)
dir. Jody Lee Lipes
chor. Jerome Robbins

Shot on location in New York City, "NY Export: Opus Jazz" takes Jerome Robbins‘ 1958 'ballet in sneakers' and re-imagines it for a new generation in this feature-length scripted adaptation. Starring an ensemble cast of New York City Ballet dancers, and photographed on 35mm, the film had its world premiere at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival, where it won the Emerging Visions Audience Award. Since then, the film has been broadcast on PBS and BBC Four, has screened theatrically in 53 cities on six continents and was nominated for the prestigious global Rose d'Or Award.

Jody Lee Lipes is a New-York-based filmmaker. He began his career as a cinematographer and earned an international acclaim. Among his DP credits are "Martha Marcy May Marlene" (Winner Best Director Sundance, Cannes, Toronto 2011), "Two Gates of Sleep" (Cannes, BFI London 2010), "Afterschool" (Cannes) and others. He is currently shooting and directing episodes of HBO's "Girls" and developing his first feature film which has been just selected for the Sundance Festival Screenwriters Lab.

Jerome Robbins is world renowned for his work as a choreographer of ballets as well as his work as a director and choreographer in theater, movies and television. His Broadway shows include "On the Town", "West Side Story", "The King and I", "Gypsy", "Peter Pan", and "Fiddler on the Roof". His last Broadway production in 1989, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, won six Tony Awards including best musical and best director. Among the more than 60 ballets he created are "Fancy Free", "Afternoon of a Faun", "The Concert", "Dances At a Gathering", "Glass Pieces" and "NY Export: Opus Jazz", which are in the repertories of New York City Ballet and other major dance companies throughout the world. Mr. Robbins died in 1998.

(120 minutes, 2008, USA)
dir. Judy Kinberg

The son of a Polish immigrant deli owner, Jerome Robbins was known for his ruthless perfectionism. This film-portrait tells a story about Robbins' life and work featuring never seen rehearsal footage and interviews with many of his colleagues, both from ballet and Broadway, such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Suzanne Farrell and Chita Rivera.

Judy Kinberg was a member of the original production team of the groundbreaking "Dance in America" series, which has won over 80 major national and international awards, including 20 Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards. She has developed an important body of work on dance, both performance programs and documentaries, including virtually every major American choreographer and dance company of her time, such as George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Jerome Robbins Paul Taylor, Frederick Ashton, Antony Tudor, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and many others.

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