One year ago, I visited the set of NY Export: Opus Jazz, the film adaptation of Jerome Robbins’s 1958 “ballet in sneakers”. Last March, the film made its NYC premiere and then debuted on PBS’s Great Performances for audiences everywhere to enjoy. This past Friday, I attended an outdoor screening of the film on the High Line, bringing the Opus Jazz journey full circle since the first part of filming occurred there in 2007 (before the High Line became the beautiful elevated park that it is today). Watching New York City Ballet soloists Rachel Rutherford and Craig Hall’s stunning pas de deux in a field of the High Line – with a gorgeous sunset behind them – while sitting on the High Line on a cooler, windier night was pretty magical. So much time, energy, and dedication went into the making of this film, that it must have been a rewarding experience for film producers Ellen Bar and Sean Suozzi to witness Opus Jazz presented to a packed audience at the place where filming began. For me, watching the film again and seeing all of the locations in and around NYC captured on camera was a reminder of the city’s vibrancy, wonderfully brought to life in the film along with the cast’s youthful energy and talent.
The DVD of NY Export: Opus Jazz will be released by Factory25 on November 23rd, just in time for the holidays. You can pre-order it online now, and check the film’s website for upcoming screenings in your city.