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Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Bob Hercules

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About the Movie

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).

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 11
  • Fresh: 6
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 5.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Dance films like Wim Wenders's innovative, kinetic "Pina" have now set a high barre, and by comparison the traditional talking-head style of this documentary seems primed for showings on public television. – David DeWitt, New York Times, Apr 26, 2012

Rotten: There's a lot of valuable information here, but for all the archival footage on view, dance is rarely allowed to make its effect. – Lewis Segal, Los Angeles Times, Jan 31, 2012

Fresh: A deeply archived and circumspect history of the Joffrey dance company, Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance does a perfect white swan but has trouble developing much of a personality. – Michelle Orange, Village Voice, Apr 24, 2012

Fresh: Always informative yet never remotely original. The story gets told, we learn something, class dismissed. – Rick Groen, Globe and Mail, Jul 26, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Highly recommended!

Breathtaking historical footage and interviews with past and present company members make the story of the Joffrey Ballet vividly come to life. A must see for ballet fans and those who like to hear the backstory of famous dance companies.

Wow - Well Done!

The amount and depth of historical footage and photographs will leave a viewer in awe of the images, along with the added bonus of the interviews with both past and present company dancers. Such a wonderfully written and produced film, that really gives the viewer an indepth look at the Joffery Ballet company through the years. Whether you are an admirer of the Joffery Ballet Company, or just someone who appreciates the arts, this movie will capture your attention and keep you in awe.

Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2012

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