Light Rain

7 Couples, Pas De Deux

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Light Rain has been an audience favorite since its premiere in 1981. Created for the Joffrey Ballet’s Silver Anniversary, it represents the youth and energy of the dancers it was created on.  Light Rain remains the foundation’s most 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.


Gerald Arpino


Douglas Adamz and Russ Gauthier

Costume Design:

A. Christina Giannini

Lighting Design:

Kevin Dreyer after the original Thomas Skelton


November 4, 1981

Running Time:

19 minutes

Number of Dancers:

14 (7 female, 7 male)



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