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Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance

Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance (2012)

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 3

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Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance tells the story of this groundbreaking cultural treasure, known as the first truly American dance company. Narrated by Tony and Emmy Award winner Mandy Patinkin and directed by Bob Hercules (Bill T. Jones-A Good Man), the film documents how The Joffrey Ballet revolutionized American ballet by daringly combining modern dance with traditional ballet technique, combining art with social statement and setting ballets to pop and rock music scores. -- (C) Official

Unrated,

Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary

Bob Hercules

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Always informative yet never remotely original. The story gets told, we learn something, class dismissed.

July 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Talk about a slow dance.

July 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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"Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance" is an exhilarating piece of dance history...

May 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Comment (1)
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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.

April 26, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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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.

April 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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There's a lot of valuable information here, but for all the archival footage on view, dance is rarely allowed to make its effect.

January 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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For all the juicy backstage stories and remarkable archival footage of early performances, the film still feels blandly affirmative.

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: The Grid
The Grid

A bountiful feast for dance lovers, as well as a thrilling story of artistic endeavor for everyone to savor.

April 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

While the doc offers us a story that needs to be told, it does so in very non-Joffrey ways.

April 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Director Hercules doesn't show lots of muscle, preferring information to emotion, a curious choice in a movie about passionate people in an expressive art form, forever laboring for love.

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

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