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Suite St. Saens
The Joffrey Ballet Concert Group has commissioned Arpino’s Suite St. Saens for their 2015-16 season. The group has performed the signature ensemble ballet in Toronto, New York City(14th St. Y and New York Live Arts) and will be touring the Southern US.
Ballet West, under Artistic Director, Adam Sklute, performed Arpino’s Sea Shadow in collaboration with the Utah Symphony, conducted by Thierry Fischer. The program featured three ballet pieces with a 90-piece orchestra at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City, Feb 26-27, 2016.
Light Rain, pas de deux
Two companies, Ballet West and Colorado Ballet have commissioned Arpino’s Light Rain, pas de deux. Ballet West, directed by Adam Sklute, presented the pas for the YAGP Gala on Feb 27, 2016 in Salt Lake City at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre. Colorado Ballet, directed by Gil Boggs, will present the pas on March 25-27, 2016 at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts in Denver.
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 and Robert Joffrey 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.