American Masters: The Joffrey Ballet
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American Masters: The Joffrey Ballet

Friday, December 28 at 9:00 p.m.

Uncover the story of the first quintessentially American dance company, the Joffrey Ballet. Founders Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino (pictured at right in the 1960s) pioneered a new dance philosophy by daringly combining modern and traditional techniques and art with social statement, and integrating pop and rock music scores.

"The Joffrey Ballet: Mavericks of American Dance" traces the struggles and triumphs of the company from 1956 to the present, the film features interviews with former and current Joffrey dancers, the breakthroughs of choreographers Twyla Tharp, Laura Dean and Margo Sappington, and rare archival performance footage