Sister Rosetta Tharpe in pictures.
It’s American Masters radio: the other AM, on the podcast dial.
To expand the story beyond what could be included in the film, the producers of Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance started this audio interview series to record the many stories and perspectives from the people who were associated with the Joffrey Ballet over its 56 year history.
Listen to the interviews and go deeper into the history of the company.
They call The Joffrey Ballet “America’s Company of Firsts.”
The first dance company to perform at the White House. The first to appear on television. The first American company to visit Russia. The first classical dance company to go multimedia. The first to commission a rock ‘n’ roll ballet. The first and only dance company to appear on the cover of Time. And the first company to have had a major motion picture based on it, Robert Altman’s The Company.
See The Joffrey’s moments of “firsts” through the years.
The Joffrey’s revival of Leonide Massine’s ‘Parade’.
In 1956, six young dancers made up what was then known as the Robert Joffrey Theater Dancers, an ensemble that toured around the United States in a borrowed station wagon pulling a U-Haul trailer filled with costumes and recorded music. Their mission was to spread an interest in classical ballet to areas that may not have ever seen it performed. Led by fellow dancer and budding choreographer Gerald Arpino, they danced in school gymnasiums, on university campuses and in small town theaters while their namesake stayed behind in New York City to run his studio and make money to pay the dancers’ salaries. From this meager beginning, the company rose to prominence as one of the major forces in American dance.
It’s the life and times of Carl Sandburg on the AM website: Watch the film and see extended video interviews with the likes of Pete Seeger and the late and great Studs Terkel; hear Sandburg perform and sing in video and audio web features; read curated selections of his writing; plus more–Sandburg’s words and world visualized in a series of digital posters, essays, and a photo exploration of the Sandburg archives.
It’s the life and times of David Geffen–the making of Hollywood powerbroker.