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Grand Rapids Ballet in Gerald Arpino's Light Rain. Photo courtesy of Chris Clark.

 

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.

In the past year, Light Rain was performed by the following ballet companies/conservatories/schools:

In Feb 2013, Boston Conservatory, under Dance Director Kathy Young, performed Light Rain at their Winter Concert.

In Apr 2013, Grand Rapids Ballet, under the Artistic Direction of Patricia Barker, Arpino’s Light Rain was featured on their mixed repertory program.

At the Joffrey Ballet’s 2013 Spring Gala, under the Artistic Direction of Ashley Wheater, the pas de deux and 3rd movement from Light Rain was performed in Chicago’s Auditorium Theater.

At Ballet West’s annual Gala in Nov 2013, under the Artistic Direction of Adam Sklute, the pas de duex from Light Rain was performed.

For their 2013 summer intensive final performance, under the Artistic Direction of Davis Robertson, the Joffrey Ballet School in NY performed Light Rain. 

 

 

 

Performances

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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

June

Chicago Ballet Arts, Chicago, IL
Reflections, excerpts  

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

March

Dayton Ballet, Dayton, OH
Confetti

Grand Rapids Ballet, Grand Rapids, MI  
Light Rain

Duke Ballet Repertory Ensemble/Duke University, Durham, NC
Reflections, excerpts  

June

Chicago Ballet Arts, Chicago, IL
Birthday Variations 

2012

American Repertory Ballet, Princeton, NJ
Confetti

Repertory Dance Theatre, Allentown, PA
Viva Vivaldi excerpts

Mercyhurst College, Erie, PA
Viva Vivaldi excerpts

Joffrey Ballet School, New York, NY
Birthday Variations and Kettentanz excerpts

Provo Ballet, Provo, UT
Birthday Variations

Eugene Ballet, Eugene, OR
Light Rain

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Birthday Variations