Tuesday, November 29, 19:00, Pro Arte Foundation
Program 6: Choreographer in Focus: Jerome
"NY Export: Opus Jazz" (45 minutes, 2007, USA)
dir. Jody Lee Lipes
chor. Jerome Robbins
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.
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.
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.
MASTERS JEROME ROBBINS: Something to Dance About"
(120 minutes, 2008, USA)
dir. Judy Kinberg
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.
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.
© KinodanceRussia, 2011