Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance (2012)

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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 Site

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

Jul 26, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Talk about a slow dance.

Jul 26, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

"Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance" is an exhilarating piece of dance history...

May 31, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4

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.

Apr 26, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

Apr 24, 2012 | Full Review…

There's a lot of valuable information here, but for all the archival footage on view, dance is rarely allowed to make its effect.

Jan 31, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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