National broadcast Dec 28, 2012 at 9pmET, PBS American Masters" —
For anyone interested in contemporary dance and the vagaries of having an arts organization since the Seventies, Bob Hercules’ doc is a must see" — Point of View Magazine Toronto
Whether a dance fan or not, this film will definitely convince you to part with your hard earned money for a chance to watch the dancers in performance" — CinemaEye Toronto
Now available on iTunes and Amazon" —
Sheds perspective on today’s dance world through the lens of Joffrey’s pioneering vision. A film not to be missed" — Seattle Dances
“Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance” is an exhilarating piece of dance history" — Seattle Times
It’s a story about American ballet, but also a story about daring people who gleefully threw themselves into the whirlwinds of controversy." — The Stranger (Seattle)
Scintillating with edgy, raw, passionate energy…The film reveals a legacy of gutsy change and innovation." — NOVU Newsweekly Indianapolis
A story that needs to be told" — Slant Magazine
An important piece of not only the company’s history, but also of dance history…the heritage of dance deserves it." — New York Times
A bountiful feast for true dance lovers, as well as a thrillingly human story of artistic endeavor for everyone to savor." — David Noh,Film Journal International
A deeply archived and circumspect history of the Joffrey dance company…a perfect white swan …(with) marvelous footage of the early ballets" — Village Voice
A long-overdue tribute to Robert Joffrey and his vibrant company, the Joffrey Ballet." — The New Yorker
All the angst and elation is brilliantly captured in the film through the people who were there at the time." — Berkshire on Stage
Entertaining and enlightening and sure to please lovers of dance" — Detroit News
Ballet fans will want to get their hands on a copy of Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance, a thrilling new documentary." — Huffington Post
A compelling tale well told, blessed with emotionally generous characters and infused with joy, suspense, tragedy and redemption." — Speaking of Dance
The story of the Joffrey Ballet – a thrilling, touching and turbulent account – must be seen." — Stage and Cinema
For dance fans, this is a movie well-worth watching" — Examiner.com
A marvelous celebration of dance" — GoPride.com
Hosannas and hallelujahs for the new documentary on the Joffrey Ballet." — Dance Magazine
Sunday marks the 24th year since Robert Joffrey passed away from AIDS related causes. The next few posts will be dedicated to his legacy through the memories of the Joffrey alumni who have been involved with our project. Anyone who would like to share their thoughts about Mr. Joffrey and his work may leave them in the comment section of these posts.
In an interview for the film, Ballet West’s current Artistic Director, Adam Sklute, shared his memories of his first direct contact with Mr. Joffrey.
“I started dancing quite late, at the age of 16. Even though I had been seeing ballet since I was a little kid, I had no real interest in pursuing it until I was older. I auditioned for the Joffrey School in New York after one year of study, maybe a year and a half. I was a big klutz. I was as tall as I am now just this big, tall dorky kid.”
“A few months later, Robert Joffrey made an appearance at the Joffrey School. At the time, he was not as closely involved with his school. He had many more duties with the company and traveling around the world. He was judging competitions and he was a very, very busy man. I was one of a few dancers that he took to his workshop. He had started a two week, intensive workshop in San Antonio, Texas right around that time and he basically told my teachers and the director of the school that I was in desperate need of his help,” laughed Sklute.
“I went to his workshops and after the second year, he looked at me and said, ‘You need to come into my second company. You’re ready. I’m taking you in against my better judgment. But you’re smart and I know that you will work hard.’ I’ll never forget him saying that and it has guided me through my entire career. First as a dancer, and then into all other aspects of what I do for ballet.”
“I was actually one of the last two dancers that Robert Joffrey personally picked for his own company. He became too ill to run the company right after that and then passed away a couple of years later. I hold that very closely to my heart. I worked with him as a student more than as a company member, but I did work with him some when I was with the second company. I was part of a wonderful era with the Joffrey, which was the mid to late 1980s when the company was at its peak I think in many ways.”
Adam Sklute spent 25 years with the company, first as a dancer, then as Associate Artistic Director. In 2007, he accepted his current position as Artistic Director of Ballet West.
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