Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance

Jun 01 - Jun 07, 2012

(Bob Hercules , USA, 2011, Blu-ray, 94 min)

Introduction by Seattle Weekly dance critic Sandi Kurtz on June 4!

Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance tells the story of a groundbreaking cultural treasure. Directed by Bob Hercules (Bill T. Jones-A Good Man), the film documents how The Joffrey revolutionized American ballet by daringly fusing modern dance with traditional technique, combining art with social statement and setting ballets to pop and rock music scores. Weaving a wealth of rare archival footage and photographs along with interviews featuring former and current Joffrey star dancers, the film shows the full history of the Company its founding to the present. The Joffrey repeatedly resurrected itself after devastating financial and artistic setbacks, and introduced cutting-edge choreographers, including Twyla Tharp, Laura Dean and Margo Sappington, to larger audiences.  With rare excerpts from many seminal Joffrey works includig Astarte, Trinity and Billboards, this superb work is not to be missed by any dance lover.

"a story about American ballet, but also a story about daring people who gleefully (and sometimes reluctantly) threw themselves into the whirlwinds of controversy" -The Stranger


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