The Joffrey Ballet: Robert Joffrey and the Making of an American Dance Company

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The Joffrey Ballet is a comprehensive history of the quintessential American dance troupe and a textured portrait of Robert Joffrey, the creative maverick who led and inspired it. Broadly researched, richly anecdotal, and elegantly written, The Joffrey Ballet probes the complex relationship that exists between a culture and its artists through the prism of this company's story.

"[The Joffrey Ballet is] remarkable for its warmth and vigor, and for its blending of candor and judiciousness."–Jack Anderson, New York Times Book Review

"A milestone in dance writing. Few studies in the field will be able to match Sasha Anawalt's elegant style."–Anna Kisselgoff, New York Times

"Anawalt transforms years of meticulous research into a cliffhanger of a history."–Elizabeth Zimmer, dance editor, Village Voice

"[The Joffrey Ballet] is a meticulously detailed, well-documented history, juiced with a little gossip here and there . . . [and] a valuable sweeping look at this all-important troupe."–Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune Book Review

"[Anawalt's] approach is deeper and more satisfying than straightforward biography."–Marcia B. Siegel, Village Voice

Product Details

  • Paperback: 466 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 1 edition (January 19, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226017559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226017556
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds

Customer Reviews

A great story worth telling

One person found this helpful.
 on March 19, 2013
By Amazon Customer
Having lived through most of the history of the Joffrey and enjoying their years in NYC, I was please to read this comprehensive bio of the man and the company. Interestingly, I ordered it used for 30 cents and got a copy signed by the author – wworth every penny.

An engrossing history of a most important American dance co.

15 people found this helpful.
 on July 30, 1998
By Karenatasha
A fascinating, incredibly well-researched history of the Joffrey Ballet — and its place in American dance. I myself had worked as an intern backstage there when I was younger, and I must say it really captured the company’s spirit and the personalities of the major players, such as Mr. Joffrey and Gerald Arpino. Answalt has a knack for presenting the complexities of running a dance company in the US and for fairly examining the disputes between artists and board members that nearly destroyed the Joffrey. If I have any quibble at all, and it is small, it is that from time to time certain events are a little rushed and merit more detail. But that’s a small problem, indeed.

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