Jerome Robbins

Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy

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Find out why the Broadway musical has proven to be such fertile territory for Jewish artists of all kinds.

Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy

About the Film

From Irving Berlin to Stephen Sondheim, and from Fanny Brice to Barbra Streisand, the film explores the phenomenon of how Jewish-American songwriters created a uniquely American art form

Dance In America: NY Export: Opus Jazz

A Ballet in Sneakers: Jerome Robbins and Opus Jazz

Watch the 10-minute documentary by director Matt Wolf (Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell) and Anna Farrell (Twelve Ways to Sunday) that recounts the history and summarizes the enduring significance and appeal of Opus Jazz. Choreographer (and original West Side Story dancer) Eliot Feld, Sondra Lee (one of Robbins’ original “Opus” dancers), along with […]

Dance In America: NY Export: Opus Jazz

Improvisations, Movement #3

Set in a school gymnasium, the ensemble of Dance In America: NY Export: Opus Jazz performs the third movement of the ballet, “Improvisations, Movement #3.”

Dance In America: NY Export: Opus Jazz

Watch “Passage For Two”

“Passage for Two” is the fourth movement in NY Export: Opus Jazz, featuring the choreography of Jerome Robbins and music by Robert Prince. This excerpt was shot in June 2007 before the opening of the new High Line park in New York City, when the former elevated railway was overgrown with wild weeds and grass. […]

About the Film

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 […]