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
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...
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.
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.
There's a lot of valuable information here, but for all the archival footage on view, dance is rarely allowed to make its effect.
For all the juicy backstage stories and remarkable archival footage of early performances, the film still feels blandly affirmative.
A bountiful feast for dance lovers, as well as a thrilling story of artistic endeavor for everyone to savor.
While the doc offers us a story that needs to be told, it does so in very non-Joffrey ways.
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