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Birthday Variations

Photo: Amanda Smith

Brigham Young University dancers performed, Birthday Variations, in February 2017. This "sparkling showpiece of classical ballet" (Kisselgoff, NYTimes, 03/1986) showcases five females dancers and one male dancer to Verdi's opera-ballet. 

"We are really excited about our show this year", said Shayla Bott, artistic director. "We have gone through a pretty thorough process to receive permission from the Gerald Arpino Foundation to perform his historical work."

Staged by Foundation repetiteur, Cameron Basden, Birthday Variations is an indispensable stepping stone for the dancers at BYU to move from students to professionals. It is always rewarding when students so enthusiastically take on a new way of moving. "They are really committed to grasping the Arpino style and did an amazing job!" said Basden. 

Light Rain, pas de deux

Fabrice Calmels and Beckanne Sisk will be performing the pas from Light Rain on March 4, 2017 at the Gala de Danza in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Confetti

Dayton Ballet performed Arpino's exciting 'Confetti' on Feb 11-14, 2016 at Dayton's Victoria Theater. Thank you Karin Russo Burke, Artistic Director of Dayton Ballet for saluting Arpino's energy and vitality in your company's mixed repertory program.  Confetti with music by Verdi is for six dancers was staged by Charthel Arthur, the executive director of The Gerald Arpino Foundation. For more information, http://daytonperformingarts.org/ballet

 

                                               Fort Wayne Ballet in Gerald Arpino's Confetti.

Fort Wayne Ballet, directed by Karen Gibbons-Brown, presented a repertory evening on Sep 26 & 28, 2014 at the Arts United Center in Fort Wayne. The program included Gerald Arpino's Confetti. This Arpino ballet, choreographed in 1970, to the music of Rossini's Overture to "Semiramide" was once described as a Tarantella to the 3rd power! Thank you Fort Wayne Ballet for keeping the spirit of Arpino ballets alive! For more information about this performance, please visit www.fortwayneballet.org

American Repertory Ballet, directed by Douglas Martin and Mary Barton, also performed Confetti for their 'Night at the Ballet' at Raritan Valley Community College in NJ on Oct 25, 2014.  The evening also featured a world premiere by Mary Barton, former Joffrey Ballet dancer, and Kirk Peterson, 'Tears of the Moon'.  www.americanrepertoryballet.org

Joffrey Concert Group in Gerald Arpino's Light Rain.

Light Rain has been one of Gerald Arpino’s most celebrated signature pieces since its premiere in 1981. Created for the Joffrey’s Silver Anniversary, and presented again as the closing ballet of the Company’s Golden Anniversary, Light Rain remains the company’s most beloved and requested work.

Gerald Arpino created this ballet to showcase the new young dancers of the company. “It is my gift to these talented youngsters…I am inspired by their modes and rituals, their passions.” Light Rain, with its accent on youth, its American artists, and its original music, continues The Joffrey traditions begun in 1956. The original score by Douglas Adamz and Russ Gauthier features an eclectic combination of instruments with an Eastern mesmerizing rhythm.

Performances

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2017

February

Brigham Young University, Salt Lake City, UT
Birthday Variations

March

Sacramento Ballet, Sacramento, CA
Kettentanz

2016

February

Dayton Ballet, Dayton, OH
Confetti

Ballet West, Salt Lake City, UT
Sea Shadow, Light Rain, pas de deux

Joffrey Ballet Concert Group, New York
Suite St. Saens

March

Colorado Ballet, Denver, CO
Light Rain, pas de deux

City Ballet of Wilmington, NC
Viva Vivaldi! 2nd movement

April

Ballet San Antonio
Confetti

Joffrey Ballet Concert Group, New York
Suite St. Saens

May

Joffrey Ballet Concert Group, New York
Suite St. Saens

2015

February

Butler Ballet, Indianapolis, IN
Viva Vivaldi! 

Central Indiana Dance Ensemble, Indianapolis, IN
Birthday Variations

2014

February

Dayton Ballet, Dayton, OH
Reflections

Ballet Arkansas, Little Rock, AR
Birthday Variations

Los Angeles Ballet Academy, Los Angeles, CA
Italian Suite excerpts

DanceNOW Miami, Miami, FL
Light Rain pas de deux

March

American Repertory Ballet, Princeton, NJ
Confetti

April

Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX
Birthday Variations

May

Interlochen Center for the Arts
Viva Vivaldi, 2nd Movement

Joffrey Ballet School/NY
Kettentanz and Light Rain

June

Chicago Ballet Arts, Chicago, IL
Reflections, excerpts  

August

Ballet West ll, Salt Lake City
Confetti

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
Light Rain pas de deux

September

Fort Wayne Ballet, Fort Wayne, IN
Confetti

October

American Repertory Ballet, Raritan, NJ
Confetti

November

Ballet West, Salt Lake City
Ruth Recordi

December

Joffrey Ballet Concert Group, Toronto
Suite St. Saens

2013

January

University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, MI
Viva Vivaldi

February

Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA
Viva Vivaldi, 2nd Movement

Boston Conservatory, Boston, MA
Light Rain