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Co-founded in 1956 by visionary teacher Robert Joffrey and dancer Gerald Arpino, The Joffrey Ballet began as a DIY company of six dancers touring the United States in a borrowed station wagon but quickly grew into one of the world’s most exciting and prominent ballet companies.
Weaving a wealth of rare archival footage and photographs along with new interviews with Joffrey star dancers and dance commentators, JOFFREY: MAVERICKS OF AMERICAN DANCE chronicles the full story of the company, from their founding in 1956 to the present. The film describes how the Joffrey repeatedly resurrected itself after devastating financial and artistic setbacks and how the company introduced cutting-edge choreographers such as Twyla Tharp, Laura Dean and Margo Sappington to a larger audience. Featuring excerpts from Joffrey’s seminal works Astarte, Trinity and Billboards and their breakthrough collaborations with choreographers Kurt Jooss (The Green Table) and Leonide Massine (Parade).
For a friends daughter who will go to the Joffrey's school. The family liked it, ergo it gets 5 stars.Published on September 20, 2013 by BG
If you are wondering if this is worth it, according to my mom, the dance aficionado, it is! Enjoy it!Published on August 29, 2013 by Laurel Eisenschiml
It was wonderful to find another dance company presented on film. This is not quite up to some others I.e. Paul Taylor.Published on April 30, 2013 by Martha
Lovely! A good "teling of the story"
Anyone would enjoy this............
even someone who is not a ral Joffrey fan!
And what a documentary. The history of Joffrey is at once exciting, modern and elegant. We are lucky to have such visionaries in American ballet.Published on February 17, 2013 by Katherine
I bought this for my daughter, a dancer, to introduce her to the world of the Joffrey Ballet and New York (yes, at the time Joffrey was in New York) ballet. Read morePublished on January 25, 2013 by Eros Faust
I knew the Joffrey was different and were agents of change in the world of dance, but had no idea of the rich back story. Read morePublished on November 21, 2012 by Joanne M. Dykstra
This is basically a history of the Joffrey. It is very well done with many interviews.
What we see and hear in the 82 minutes is very interesting but
I would have liked... Read more
Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance is an excellent introduction to the history of the Joffrey Ballet, and captures the excitement generated by this quintessentially American... Read morePublished on August 31, 2012 by Nicole R.