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Jerome Robbins: «N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz» in New York

Leave it to Jerome Robbins to hover authoritatively and artistically over New York City Ballet‘s 122nd season, even though the famed choreographer died nearly seven years ago. A scrupulous revival of his 1958, jazz-styled ballet “N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz,“ paled all of the competition making up the season‘s larger than usual influx, five all told, of new or newly staged works into the repertory mix. Robbins‘ 5-part suite to a serviceably jazzy score by Robert Prince was originally created to highlight of a program of American ballet overseas under the rubric of Ballets: U.S.A.

The unfolding display of emotional mood and generational attitude had its world premiere at the first Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy, and showed itself here, in a lovingly detailed revival overseen by former Joffrey Ballet dancer Edward Verso, to be a clear, clean and beguiling creation. With their finger-snapping and youthful, jive-based dancing, the sneakers-and-sweat-shirt-wearing cast of eight women and eight men, lending a look partly hipster and partly beatnik, appeared very much part of the late-1950s era and yet fortified so firmly by Robbins‘ ever-savvy theatrical impact, still managed to ...

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Tanz August/September 2005
Rubrik: On Stage, Seite 66