Announcing

Celebrated Works in the Spotlight
Throughout ’22-23 and ’23-24 Seasons
Culminating September ’23 at Chicago’s
Auditorium Theatre

To honor the 100th birthday of one of the 20th century’s most influential artists, The Gerald Arpino Foundation announces a multi-year Centennial Celebration of the late choreographer’s life and works. Ballet companies and university dance programs around the country will perform Arpino’s works during the 2022-23 and 2023-24 seasons. The culminating Chicago Centennial Celebration performances take place September 23 and 24 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive.

Arpino was a visionary dancer and choreographer who, along with Robert Joffrey, created a ballet company and a body of work that has made a singular and enduring impact on American ballet. Throughout his 50-year career, Arpino created nearly 50 ballets for The Joffrey Ballet. From landmark works like Trinity and Round of Angels to Suite Saint-Saëns and Light Rain, Arpino was a masterful artist and entertainer whose work brought audiences to their feet time and again.

The Foundation is providing ballet companies nationwide with special licensing agreements to broaden and deepen the celebration at their home performance locations during the coming two seasons. The Foundation will offer lectures and workshops on Arpino’s life and work, in conjunction with some companies and universities. Among those participating to date are:

Updates will be available on the Foundation’s website, arpinofoundation.org. All programming is subject to change.

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Confetti staged during Covid-19

Ballet Ensemble of Texas                                                         Cathy Vanover photography

Our first staging done on Zoom! What a team effort by all.  First ,we thank Ballet Ensemble of Texas artistic directors, Lisa Slagle and Thom Clower for being brave enough to endeavor into the unknown.  Second, a big thank you to repetiteur Charthel Arthur for her patience and determination to stage the ballet via Zoom.  And thirdly to the young and brilliant dancers who took all the information and transformed it into reality!  We’re excited for the ballet to be performed on Jan 17, 2021 at Coppell Arts Center with a limited and socially distanced audience.  It will also be presented at YAGP this spring.

 

Light Rain by Three Companies

photo credit: Nevada Ballet Theatre dancers in rehearsal

photo credit: St. Louis Ballet dancers in rehearsal

Gerald Arpino’s Light Rain will be performed simultaneously the weekend of Feb 16-17, 2019 with three different dance companies.  St. Louis Ballet and Nevada Ballet Theatre will present the iconic pas de deux in their mixed repertory program.  Butler Ballet/Butler University will present the ballet in its entirety utilizing a cast of fourteen dancers.  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.”  Middle Eastern rhythms fused together with an unusual combination of banjo, violin, mandolin, bass, drums and bamboo flute give Light Rain its distinctive mesmerizing and hypnotic sound.

Trinity revival at Dayton Ballet

photo credit: Charthel Arthur Estner, repetiteur for the Gerald Arpino Foundation rehearses Dayton Ballet dancers as Dermot Burke, former Artistic Director/former Joffrey Ballet dancer looks on.

photo credit: Dayton Ballet dancers in Trinity

Gerald Arpino’s Trinity makes its revival with Dayton Ballet’s Perspective program on Feb 14-17, 2019.  Considered culturally ahead of its time, Trinity is a ballet choreographed by the late Gerald Arpino, co-founder and former artistic director of the Joffrey Ballet. While the Vietnam War was raging, America’s youth united in protests and celebrations with a new sense of freedom and exhilaration. The word “trinity” in this work represents three sentiments prevalent in the culture of the late ’60’s and early ’70’s: love, power, and peace. Trinity became the most famous of the Arpino pieces called the Berkeley ballets. Created during the Joffrey’s residence at the University of California at Berkeley, Trinity is a joyful tribute to youth, their passions and rituals.

Performances

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2022

FEBRUARY

Dayton Ballet
Light Rain

MARCH

Fort Wayne Ballet
Light Rain, Ruth Ricordi Per Due

Joffrey Ballet
Birthday Variations

Beckanne Sisk and Chase O’Connell, Stars of American Ballet
Light Rain pas de deux

APRIL

Ballet Arkansas
Confetti

MAY

Universal Ballet Competition
L’air D’espirit

2021

JANUARY

Ballet Ensemble of Texas
Confetti 

FEBRUARY

Dimensions Dance Theater of Miami
RUTH, Ricordi per Due

JULY

Dimensions Dance Theater of Miami
Touch Me

OCTOBER

Joffrey Ballet
Birthday Variations

2020

MARCH

New York Dance Project
Confetti 

JULY

A Virtual Robert Joffrey Masterclass I
Lecture Demonstration part 1

SEPTEMBER

A Virtual Robert Joffrey Masterclass II

NOVEMBER

A Virtual Robert Joffrey Masterclass III

DECEMBER

NY Dance Project
Birthday Variations

2019

FEBRUARY

Butler Ballet
Light Rain

Dayton Ballet
Trinity

Nevada Ballet Theatre
Light Rain, pas de deux

Saint Louis Ballet
Reflections and Light Rain pas de deux

APRIL

Eugene Ballet
Italian Suite

Oklahoma City Ballet
Pas de Deesses

Walnut Hill School for the Arts
Birthday Variations

MAY

Ballets de San Juan
Birthday Variations

New Albany Ballet
Viva Vivaldi, 2nd movement

NOV

New Zealand School of Dance
Round of Angels

2018

FEBRUARY

Brigham Young University, Salt Lake City, UT
Viva Vivaldi! excerpts

MARCH

American Repertory Ballet
Sea Shadow

New York Dance Project
Birthday Variations

Franklin School for the Performing Arts
Birthday Variations

APRIL

Classical Dance Center, CA
Italian Suite, solo

MAY

Marymount Manhattan College, NY
Light Rain

JUNE

Joffrey Ballet
Round of Angels

Eglevsky Ballet
Viva Vivaldi!, excerpts

AUGUST

Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami
Light Rain pas de deux

SEPTEMBER

Fort Wayne Ballet
Light Rain, Pas de Deesses

OCTOBER

New York Dance Project
Gamelan(excerpts), Viva Vivaldi(excerpts)

City Ballet of Boston
Birthday Variations

NOVEMBER

Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami
Reflections

DECEMBER

Wayne State University
Valentine

Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati
Birthday Variations

2017

FEBRUARY

Brigham Young University, Salt Lake City, UT
Birthday Variations

MARCH

Sacramento Ballet, Sacramento, CA
Kettentanz

Gala of Dance, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Light Rain, pas de deux

APRIL

Joffrey Ballet, Spring Gala, Chicago
Round of Angels

AUGUST

Chautauqua Festival, NY
Light Rain, pas de deux

SEPTEMBER

Fort Wayne Ballet
ConfettiLight Rain

OCTOBER

Ballet West
Ruth; Ricordi Per Due

Dance Now! Miami
Touch Me

NOVEMBER

Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami
Light Rain

DECEMBER

Ballet San Antonio
Snow, Flowers from Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker

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

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