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Monday, February 23, 2009

Arpino Foundation launched

Posted By on 02.23.09 at 05:48 PM

The Gerald Arpino Foundation has been established to lease the rights to works created by dancer-choreographers Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino, the late cofounders of the Joffrey Ballet. The foundation's purpose is to "ensure both artists’ legacies and the quality of their ballets," according to a press release. Harriet Ross, former general manager of the Joffrey, will serve as director of the new nonprofit, which will also arrange for Joffrey Ballet alums to teach and coach Arpino and Joffrey ballets around the world.

Thirty-five works of varying length and size will be available for lease immediately, including Arpino's Light Rain and Trinity and Joffrey's Postcards and Pas Des Deesses.

Joffrey and Arpino founded the Joffrey Ballet in 1956, building it up from a small traveling ensemble into a world-class company. Joffrey died in 1988 after a long struggle with AIDS. Arpino, who succeeded Joffrey as artistic director, relocated the company from New York to Chicago in 1995. He passed away last October at the age of 85.

The Gerald Arpino Foundation is located at Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph. For information: Harriet Ross, 312-739–0120, hross@joffrey.org.

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