Robert Joffrey


Robert Joffrey

Robert Joffrey (December 24, 1930 - March 25, 1988) was an American dancer, teacher, producer and choreographer, known for his highly imaginative modern ballets. He was born in Seattle, Washington.

Joffrey studied ballet and modern dance in New York City and made his debut in 1949 with the French choreographer Roland Petit and his Ballets de Paris. From 1950 to 1955, he taught at the New York High School for the Performing Arts, where he staged his earliest ballets.

In 1954 he formed his own company, which premiered "Le bal masqué" ("The Masked Ball", 1954; music by French composer Francis Poulenc) and "Pierrot Lunaire" (1955; music by Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg). Joffrey's other works include "Gamelan" (1962) and "Astarte" (1967), which was set to rock music with special lighting and motion-picture effects.

The Robert Joffrey Ballet took up residence at New York City Center in 1966. In 1982 it moved its principal activities to Los Angeles, California and in 1995 to Chicago, Illinois. Noted for its experimental repertoire, the company was called the "Joffrey Ballet of Chicago" after its move but has since returned to being called simply the Joffrey Ballet. Besides Joffrey's works its repertoire includes many works by Gerald Arpino, Joffrey's long-time co-director and now artistic director emeritus, and ballets commissioned by Joffrey from new choreographers as well as works by such established choreographers as George Balanchine, Alvin Ailey and Twyla Tharp.

Joffrey died on March 25, 1988 of AIDS at the age of 57. [cite news | first=Anderson | last=Jack | coauthors= | title=Dance Fever: How Robert Joffrey created a large mainstream audience for ballet | date=1997-02-09 | url =http://www.nytimes.com/books/97/02/09/reviews/970209.anderson.html | work =New York Times | accessdate = 2006-10-03]

References

External links

* [http://www.joffrey.com/ Joffrey Ballet Official Website]
* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6274808 Robert Joffrey at Find-A-Grave]


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