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Joffrey Mavericks of American Dance Los Angeles Premiere
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PST)
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Premiere with a special live panel made up of notable Los Angeles based Joffrey alumni. ** details below
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. Jones-A Good Man), the film documents how The Joffrey Ballet revolutionized American ballet by daringly combining modern dance with traditional ballet technique, combining art with social statement and setting ballets to pop and rock music scores.
The film weaves a wealth of rare archival footage and photographs along with interviews featuring former and current Joffrey star dancers, showing the full history of the Company from its founding to the present. It describes how the Joffrey repeatedly resurrected itself after devastating financial and artistic setbacks and introduced cutting-edge choreographers such as Twyla Tharp, Laura Dean and Margo Sappington to larger audiences.
Los Angeles based Joffrey alumni will participate in a panel discussion regarding their time with the company. The film will be introduced by long time Joffrey Ballet supporter Patricia Kennedy.
Moderator: Sasha Anawalt, author of The Joffrey Ballet: Robert Joffrey and the Making of an American Dance Company
Leslie Carothers-Aromaa, artistic director of The Colburn School and former Joffrey principal dancer
Carole Valleskey, artistic director of the California Dance Institute and former Joffrey principal dancer
Francoise Martinet Moriarty, former Joffrey dancer from the company's earliest days in the late 1950s.
Jodie Gates, artistic director of the Laguna Beach Dance Festival, Associate Professor of Dance at UC Irvine and former Joffrey principal dancer
Parking for The Colburn School
If you are attending a concert at The Colburn School, there are several local parking structures that are available for a reasonable fee.
140 South Olive Street
(Between W. 1st Street and W. 2nd Street)
$8.00 All day, no ins/outs
Enter off Second Street and Grand Avenue
$9.00 All day, no ins/outs
351 South Olive Street
Enter off of Olive Street between 1st and 4th streets
When & Where
GCSC Division of Visual & Performing Arts in Association with Lakeview Films and Hybrid Cinema
Contact by phone:
850-769-1551 ext. 2889
About Gulf Coast State College Department of Visual and Performing Arts
The mission of the Gulf Coast State College Division of Visual and Performing Arts is to introduce GCSC students to the academic and professional artistic pursuit of music, art, theatre and music production technology. Through the use of course work, workshops, collaborations, guest artists, and performance/exhibition opportunities, students are exposed to a variety of genres, styles, and techniques. The division’s involvement in education and outreach is also designed to assist in enhancing the overall cultural climate and awareness of the community. For more info visit: www.gulfcoast.edu/arts
About Hybrid Cinema:
Hybrid Cinema was created by filmmaker and author Jon Reiss (Think Outside the Box Office, Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul) to help filmmakers navigate the ever-changing world of film distribution and marketing. Hybrid Cinema consults with filmmakers to help them with the new digital era of distribution and marketing by utilizing modern strategies of audience engagement, special theatrical events, as well as innovative merchandising and release patterns. Hybrid Cinema also supervises film releases. Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance is Hybrid’s second full release of a film following the graffiti documentary Bomb It. For more information on Hybrid Cinema, please visit http://www.hybridcinema.com/
Some really nice reviews coming out for opening night
"Dance is a complete art form. Done well it incorporates all the senses, for it is movement and music and drama engulfing the spirit. Trying to explain its essence to a non-dancer can be nigh unto impossible, but into this void comes the phenomenal documentary Joffrey Mavericks of American Dance...the production values of this film are of the highest quality with a special mention for the outstanding editing by Melissa Stern and Leonard Feinstein. The pace never lags, leaving the viewer wanting more, never less than what has been presented."-Easy Reader News
"The revolution might not have been televised, but it was choreographed. As the film“Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance”reminds us"-Washington Post
"Make no mistake. Director Bob Hercules' "Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance" is a love letter to dance and a company that heavily influenced American ballet and American dance in general...For dance fans, this is a movie well-worth watching, if only to affirm that America has made contributions to ballet."-The Examiner
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