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Remembering and Celebrating the Late Joffrey Ballet Co-Founder Gerald Arpino for What Would Have Been His 100th Birthday

Gerald Arpino would have turned 100 in January. To mark the occasion, The Gerald Arpino Foundation tapped Joffrey Ballet alumni to revive Arpino works at The Joffrey, Ballet West, San Francisco Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Oklahoma City Ballet, and Eugene Ballet, as well as at university dance programs throughout the country. Artists from those companies will convene at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre September 23 and 24 for a centennial celebration, performing an all-Arpino program.

A small group of Black dancers, all shirtless and wearing calf-length skirts that fade from white to deep red, cluster together. They face inward, carefully cradling necks or backs with arms and hands, a moment of care in the midst of motion. The backdrop gives the impression of trees in silhouette.

8 Performances We’ve Got Our Eyes on This Month

Queer histories and futures, science fiction and fantasy, techniques and storytelling devices rooted in Black and African culture, and more—our performance picks this month run the gamut. Here’s what we’re looking forward to most.

The Joffrey/Arpino Celebration Continues in Jackson and NYC

This year has been a time to commemorate Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino’s huge contributions to American dance, as 2018 marks the 30th and 10th anniversaries of their deaths, respectively. On June 10, The Joffrey Ballet brought Arpino’s neo-romantic Round of Angels (1983) to the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS, where Joffrey chaired […]

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