It’s the life and times of The Joffrey Ballet — the first quintessentially American dance company — on American Masters.
In 2003, The Joffrey Ballet was featured in director Robert Altman’s film The Company. The company benefited from the film financially, and their contribution on the big screen helped expose their work to a much larger audience.
JOFFREY: MAVERICKS OF AMERICAN DANCE tells the story of the first quintessentially American dance company, the Joffrey Ballet. Founders Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino revolutionized American dance by combining modern with traditional ballet to create a new and daring art form. Narrated by Tony and Emmy Award-winner Mandy Patinkin (Homeland), the 90-minute documentary is the first to chronicle the Joffrey Ballet’s pioneering dance philosophy. Award-winning filmmaker Bob Hercules traces the company’s struggles and triumphs: from its humble beginnings in 1956, touring the United States in a borrowed station wagon, to becoming one of the world’s most exciting and prominent ballet companies.
The inspiration for the film Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance.