Reissue of Sasha Anawalt’s book on the Joffrey

By Sheri Candler

We’ve finally reached World Premiere day and we are so excited to be sharing the film with all of you today, and tomorrow via the multicity simulcast. For those who can’t be with us, we’ll take lots of photos and video and you’ll be seeing that very soon.

Today also marks the reissue of author Sasha Anawalt’s brilliant book The Joffrey Ballet: Robert Joffrey and the Making of an American Dance Company  as an ebook. While we will have it for sale on our site soon, if you just can’t wait, you can visit Amazon or Barnes and Noble for your copy. This book has been out of print for many years, but through the wonder of self publishing and the minimal costs of digital technology, she is able to make it available again.  I know after seeing the film, you will want to read all of the stories behind it.

Here’s a description of the book:

When Robert Joffrey, the son of a Muslim Afghani, founded the Joffrey Ballet in 1956 with Gerald Arpino, he exploded the boundaries of classical ballet. The company made ballets about beatniks, erotic multimedia goddesses, sea nymphs, clowns, slackers, radicals and jocks, thrilling audiences as much as it often outraged critics. The Joffrey Ballet, acclaimed as a groundbreaking book when it was published, tells a story that was kept largely hidden from public view for many years. It also provides a provocative look through the rear view mirror at thirty years of social upheaval in America. The Joffrey Ballet began in mid-century ebullience, a troupe of six dancers driving cross-country in a station wagon; in the ensuing years they performed behind the Iron Curtain, made the cover of Time magazine, became hippies and ascetics, and lost colleagues to the Vietnam War and AIDS. Dance critic Sasha Anawalt, director of Annenberg Arts Journalism Programs at USC weaves a meticulously researched cultural biography that the New York Times called “A milestone in dance writing.”

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