Joffrey, Robert

orig. Abdullah Jaffa Bey Khan

born Dec. 24, 1930, Seattle, Wash., U.S.
died March 25, 1988, New York, N.Y.

U.S. dancer and choreographer, founder-director of the Joffrey Ballet.

He was the son of an Afghan father and an Italian-born mother. He studied dance in Seattle and later in New York, opened a ballet school in 1953, and in 1954 formed the first of several groups. In 1956 he founded the Robert Joffrey (later simply Joffrey) Ballet with Gerald Arpino (b. 1928). The company gained international fame and toured widely. In 1965 it became affiliated with the New York City Center. Joffrey's ballets include Persephone (1952), Astarte (1967), Remembrances (1973), and Postcards (1980). After Joffrey's death, Arpino became director; in 1995 he moved the company to Chicago, renaming it the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago.

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▪ American choreographer and director
original name  Abdullah Jaffa Bey Khan  
born Dec. 24, 1930, Seattle, Wash., U.S.
died March 25, 1988, New York, N.Y.

      American dancer, choreographer, and director, founder of the Joffrey Ballet (1956).

      Joffrey's father was an immigrant from Afghanistan, and his mother was Italian-born. He began studying tap dancing but soon turned to ballet with Mary Ann Wells, at whose school in Seattle he met Gerald Arpino (Arpino, Gerald), who would one day became his company's codirector. After moving to New York City in 1948 and studying with Alexandra Fedorova and at the School of American Ballet, Joffrey joined Roland Petit's Ballets de Paris during the company's 1949 season in New York City. In 1953 Joffrey opened a school, the American Ballet Center, and by then had already created his first major ballet, Persephone (1952).

      Joffrey formed his first small company, the Robert Joffrey Ballet Concert, in 1954, and in 1956 he formed the Robert Joffrey Ballet with Arpino as chief choreographer. In 1966 the company became the City Center Joffrey Ballet and thereafter grew to international fame. Its name was later changed to simply the Joffrey Ballet. By the time of Joffrey's death his company was performing annually in Los Angeles as well as in New York City. In 1995 Arpino moved the company to Chicago and renamed it the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago.

      Joffrey's works of note include Pas des Déesses (1954), Gamelan (1962), Astarte (1967), Remembrances (1973), and Postcards (1980). Joffrey commissioned many new ballets from new or untried choreographers. His company was noted for its eclectic repertoire that drew upon the classics, new works, and fusions of modern dance and ballet. Joffrey was also noted for his choreographic work on operatic productions.

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