The Joffrey Ballet is about as American as an institution gets. "Homeland"s Mandy Patinkin narrates its incredible success story in a new PBS documentary, showcasing its humble beginnings and its rise as a worldwide brand. (So far, it remains the only company we know of where dancers pirouette to Prince). Director Bob Hercules weaved archival footage throughout "Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance," including black-and-white photographs of founders Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino, as well as early rehearsal footage of some pretty rad-looking '60s dancers, seen in the trailer above.
Performing "Sometimes It Snows In April," from the ballet "Billboards."
Performing "The Nutcracker."
Performing "Light Rain," choreographed by Gerald Arpino. Photographed by Herbert Migdoll.
Performing "Le Sacre Du Printemps" ("The Rite Of Spring"). Photographed by Herbert Migdoll.
Performing "Waltz Of The Snowflakes," in "The Nutcracker."
Joffrey Ballet founders Robert Joffrey (right) and Gerald Arpino in the early 1960s
Joffrey Ballet company rehearsing "Parade" with Leonide Massine.
A rehearsal shot from the 1980s, with Joffrey Ballet co-founder Gerald Arpino (left).
Joffrey Ballet founders Robert Joffrey (right) and Gerald Arpino, photographed in the 1960s.