Friday, December 28, 2012

Review: American Masters: Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance

PBS Documentary Looks Past Joffrey's Renaissance in Chicago

American Masters: Joffrey (PBS - Friday, 9pm) - Archival footage is terrific and interviews with such former Joffrey stars as Gary Chryst, Christian Holder and current artistic director Ashley Wheater are useful. But so much of this history is old news, even if no one had put it in its own documentary before.

How much more immediate this could have been had writer-director Bob Hercules had focused more on the company's 17-year resurrection in Chicago, where, from all reports, it is thriving in its own state-of-the-art facility and touring (but not, according to its website, to New York).

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