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Joffrey Concert Group in Gerald Arpino's Light Rain.
Photo courtesy of Hub Willson.

 

The Joffrey Concert Group will perform two signature works by Gerald Arpino, Kettentanz (1971) and Light Rain (1981).  This will be the first time the ballets will be seen in full in New York City since 1994.  Francesca Corkle, former Joffrey ballerina, will be honored for her 30 years of teaching at the Joffrey School/NY.  In addition, the program will feature world premieres by Africa Guzman, Shawn Hounsell, and Davis Robertson. Please come see the Joffrey Concert Group perform on May 18-19, 2014 at New York Live Arts, 219 W. 19th St. NY, NY.   Under the directorship of Davis Robertson and ballet mistress Nicole Duffy Robertson, the Joffrey Concert Group is dedicated to the legacy of Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino.

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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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  

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