Gerald Arpino

Gerald Arpino, co-founder and longtime director of the Joffrey Ballet, died in October 2008 at the age of 85.  Several years prior to the company's founding, Arpino appeared in several Joffrey works as part of the Pillow's Choreographers' Showcase programs presented in 1952 and 1953.  (Here he is seen in Robert Joffrey's Scaramouche, photographed by John Lindquist in 1953.)  He last visited in 2002, when he spoke excitedly about being portrayed by Malcolm McDowell in the not-yet-released Robert Altman film, The Company.  Although he was prolific as a choreographer, his own works have been presented here on only two occasions: in 1965, when the newly-constituted Robert Joffrey Ballet made its official debut at the Pillow, including both Incubus and Sea Shadow on the program, and in 1977 when the Ohio Ballet performed Reflections.
Related Productions
Clarissa (dancer)
Pastorale (dancer)
Persephone (dancer)
Sanahin (dancer)
Scaramouche (dancer)
Umpateedle (dancer)
Related Works
Light Rain (choreographer)
Reflections (choreographer)
Ruth, Ricordi per Due (choreographer)
Sea Shadow (choreographer)