Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance
Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance (2012)

Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance tells the story of this groundbreaking cultural treasure, known as the first truly American dance company. Narrated by Tony and Emmy Award winner Mandy Patinkin and directed by Bob Hercules (Bill T.… More

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Release Date: April 27, 2012
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Always informative yet never remotely original. The story gets told, we learn something, class dismissed.

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David DeWitt
New York Times

Dance films like Wim Wenders's innovative, kinetic "Pina" have now set a high barre, and by comparison the traditional talking-head style of this documentary seems primed for showings on public television.

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Adam Nayman
The Grid

For all the juicy backstage stories and remarkable archival footage of early performances, the film still feels blandly affirmative.

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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star

Talk about a slow dance.

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Michelle Orange
Village Voice

A deeply archived and circumspect history of the Joffrey dance company, Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance does a perfect white swan but has trouble developing much of a personality.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

A bountiful feast for dance lovers, as well as a thrilling story of artistic endeavor for everyone to savor.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

"Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance" is an exhilarating piece of dance history...

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Lewis Segal
Los Angeles Times

There's a lot of valuable information here, but for all the archival footage on view, dance is rarely allowed to make its effect.

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Diego Costa
Slant Magazine

While the doc offers us a story that needs to be told, it does so in very non-Joffrey ways.

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