Robert Joffrey

About Robert Joffrey

Who is it?: Co-founder of Joffrey Ballet
Birth Day: December 24, 1930
Birth Place: Seattle, United States
Died On: March 25, 1988(1988-03-25) (aged 57)\nNew York City, New York
Birth Sign: Capricorn
Occupation: Choreographer, dancer, director,
Years active: 1950–1988
Current group: Joffrey Ballet
Website: The Gerald Arpino and Robert Joffrey Foundation Lover/partner = Gerald Arpino a major but among others refer to "The Gay and Lesbian Theatrical Legacy"

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Robert Joffrey was bornon December 24, 1930 in Seattle, United States, is Co-founder of Joffrey Ballet. Robert Joffrey was an American dancer and choreographer who founded the famous Joffrey Ballet along with his longtime partner, Gerald Arpino. The Joffrey Ballet is a renowned professional dance company, and many well-known dancers and choreographers like Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, and George Balanchine have worked with the Ballet. The company has also served as the launch pad for many upcoming choreographers and remains Joffrey’s biggest contribution to the world of dance and choreography. Known for his innovative and experimental styles of dances, he had also commissioned original ballets and reconstructed rare classics. He is famous for popularizing the classics of ballet among the modern audiences especially for his meticulous recreations of the legendary Diaghilev era ballets. Born as Abdullah Jaffa Bey Khan, he was a sickly child who started dancing as a means of coping with his physical conditions. Soon he fell in love with dancing and decided to dedicate his life to this art form. He began his career as a dancer and found tremendous success. He also began teaching dance to students and proved himself to be a very able instructor, blessed with an eye for recognizing potential in youngsters. Eventually he founded his own company, and made a name for himself as one of the greatest choreographers of the 20th century.
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1930

Robert Joffrey (December 24, 1930 – March 25, 1988) was an American Dancer, Teacher, Producer, Choreographer, and co-founder of the Joffrey Ballet, known for his highly imaginative modern ballets. He was born Anver Bey Abdullah Jaffa Khan in Seattle, Washington to a Pashtun Father from Afghanistan and a mother from Italy.

1949

Joffrey began his dance training at nine years old in Seattle as a remedy for asthma under instructor Mary Anne Wells. He later studied ballet and modern dance in New York City and made his debut in 1949 with the French Choreographer Roland Petit and his Ballet de l'Opéra National de Paris. From 1950 to 1955, he taught at the New York High School for the Performing Arts, where he staged his earliest ballets. He founded the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City in 1953, where it remains as a separate organization from The Joffrey Academy of Dance in Chicago, which is the official school of the Joffrey Ballet Company.

1954

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 pas de deux features a man who leaves his seat in the audience to climb on stage for an erotic dance with the “tattooed love goddess”.

1956

In 1956, six Dancers drove around the country in a station wagon, performing twenty-three shows in eleven states. This was the first tour of the Robert Joffrey Studio Dancers, and they soon performed in India, the Middle East, the Soviet Union, and at the White House.

1966

The Robert Joffrey Ballet took up residence at New York City Center in 1966 replacing New York City Ballet and changing its name to the City Center Joffrey Ballet. In 1982, it moved its principal activities to Los Angeles and in 1995 to Chicago. 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, romantic partner, and eventually artistic Director emeritus until his 2008 death, and ballets commissioned by Joffrey from new choreographers as well as works by such established choreographers as George Balanchine, Alvin Ailey and Twyla Tharp. He prided himself on creating a dynamic and diverse repertory, bringing modern dance choreographers such as Tharp and Ailey to ballet audiences for the first time, the restaging of classic Ballet Russes ballets, and The Joffrey Ballet was the first American company to perform the work of Danish Choreographer August Bournonville.

1988

Joffrey died in New York City of HIV/AIDS on March 25, 1988, at age 57. He is interred at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. Initially, to protect the reputation of his company, obituaries listed the cause of death as organ failure.

2000

Joffrey was inducted into the National Museum of Dance's Mr. & Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Hall of Fame in 2000.

2019

He was co-president of the International Dance Committee with Bolshoi Ballet Director Yuri Grigorovich, a member of the National Council of the Arts, a juror for Denmark’s Hans Christian Andersen Dance Awards, and has won the Dance Magazine Award, the Capezio Award, and New York City’s Handel Medallion.