Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance (2012)
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 Site … More
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Critic Reviews for Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance
For all the juicy backstage stories and remarkable archival footage of early performances, the film still feels blandly affirmative.
Always informative yet never remotely original. The story gets told, we learn something, class dismissed.
"Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance" is an exhilarating piece of dance history...
A bountiful feast for dance lovers, as well as a thrilling story of artistic endeavor for everyone to savor.
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.
While the doc offers us a story that needs to be told, it does so in very non-Joffrey ways.
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.
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.
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