Joffrey

AMERICAN MASTERS
Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance

 

Uncover the story of the first quintessentially American dance company, the Joffrey Ballet. Founders Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino pioneered a new dance philosophy by daringly combining modern and traditional techniques and art with social statement, and integrating pop and rock music scores. Tracing the struggles and triumphs of the company from 1956 to the present, the film features interviews with former and current Joffrey dancers, the breakthroughs of choreographers Twyla Tharp, Laura Dean and Margo Sappington, and rare archival performance footage, including excerpts from signature works Astarte, Trinity and Billboards. Mandy Patinkin narrates.

 

A Perfect Balance


When the curtain rises on a ballet performance, audience members may marvel at the artistry and skill of the choreography, but often overlook the dedicated dancers responsible for bringing the work to life. This program goes backstage for a revealing look inside the world of ballet. Through interviews, some of the world’s greatest dancers describe the commitment and discipline required for a life in professional ballet. Their stories provide a rarely seen glimpse into the lives of some of today’s most gifted and accomplished dancers and shed light on the creative process. The film captures principal dancers from the American Ballet Theatre, Berlin Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, New York City Ballet and San Francisco Ballet rehearsing and performing their signature works in a wide array of styles – classical pas de deux, contemporary, high-energy, lyrical and romantic.