Little Cinema to Debut New Joffrey Ballet Documentary, Simulcast and Discussion [Berkshire on Stage]

January 27th, 2012, 10:59 am by Sara
The Joffrey Ballet's Don Quixote (photo by Bob Nick)

The Joffrey Ballet's Don Quixote (photo by Bob Nick)

Pittsfield’s Little Cinema at the Berkshire Museum will play host to the world premiere of Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance on Saturday, January 28 at 1:30 pm. It is one of only two Massachusetts theatres to be included in this fascinating event.

As a member of the Boston Ballet staff in the 1970′s, I was continually surprised when our most promising young dancers would suddenly announce they were leaving for the Joffrey Company. His dance scouts consistently covered the region looking for the cream of the upcoming crop, and his company grew mightily as a result. The ups and downs of Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino are well documented in the film, including this riveting tale from Suzanne Hammons Daone, who was with the company starting in 1959.

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Be Here Now: The Little Cinema With Big Ambitions Programs Obscure Films, Opera and Ballet (Berkshire on Stage)

May 19th, 2011, 3:47 pm by Sara

Big change is coming to the Berkshire Museum’s Little Cinema, and it is a sign that mass marketing does not serve all the public, and the growing need to reflect the tastes of a broader section of the Berkshire’s populace. While most of America is going for mass entertainment, the Little Cinema has opted to specialize, and serve the needs of the intelligent, informed and worldly in its film options.

Coming on the heels of its 60th anniversary season, the “little art house of the Berkshries” is entering the next generation of its history with major programming upgrades. These includes a greater selection of films, more showings, the introduction of high definition broadcasts of cultural performances, and the transition to a fully year-round season. Opening Day for the new Little Cinema is this Friday, May 20, with matinee and evening screenings.

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