Pennsylvania Ballet to Present Company Premiere of N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz

Principal Dancer Riolama Lorenzo and former Company
Member Maximilien Baud in Peter Martins’ Barber Violin Concerto.
Photo: Alexander Iziliaev.

Pennsylvania Ballet presents the grand finale of the 2011-2012 Season, the Company premiere of Jerome Robbins’s N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz, with Peter Martins’s Barber Violin Concerto and the World Premiere of Matthew Neenan’s Beside them, they dwell, May 31-June 3, 2012 at the Merriam Theater. Fred Alger Management is the Presenting Sponsor.

“What better way to close our season than with a triple bill that showcases the Company’s diverse strengths,” Artistic Director Roy Kaiser says.

Feel the flavor of the city that never sleeps with Jerome Robbins’s N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz. Robbins’s “ballet in sneakers” celebrates the youth and vitality of the era in which it emerged: the distinctly cool 1950’s. N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz adopts the spirit of Robbins’s renowned musical, West Side Story, with Broadway-style theatricality saturating this series of dances to the music of Robert Prince.

Also on the bill, Peter Martins’s Barber Violin Concerto features two couples, bathed in white, performing a brilliant series of pas de deux. The piece embodies the lyrical movement of Samuel Barber’s inventive score that bridges from an opening adagio to its final scherzo, exploring the dichotomy between classical ballet and modern dance in three movements.

To complete the program, Choreographer in Residence Matthew Neenan mounts his much-anticipated World Premiere, Beside them, they dwell. Neenan’s 13th commission for the Company, and first since 2009, is set to music by French composer Pierre Boulez, with costumes designed by Christine Darch.

Tickets to N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz are on sale now, with prices starting at $20. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 215.893.1999, and in person at the Kimmel Center Box Office.

N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz performances at the Merriam Theater:

  • Thursday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 2 at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 2 at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 3 at 2 p.m.

About Steven Weisz

A Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with advanced degrees in Psychology and Education is an entrepreneur and CEO for several for-profits and non-profit corporations in the region. He is also an adjunct professor of Psychology with several local Universities.

Steven is currently the CEO of Delaware Valley on Line, one of the first regional Internet Service Provides that now focuses on business-class web hosting, design, and internet marketing. He is president and founder of Rainbow Promotions Inc., a special events and entertainment agency established in the late 70’s, that services corporate and retail accounts both locally and nationally.

Steven is the Founder of, the largest web presence and resource for the dance community in the greater Philadelphia region, and the Founder and Editor of The Dance Journal. His involvement in the dance community extends to being Director of Graffito Works, an international platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

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