Premiered by the Joffrey Ballet in 1965
ARB Staging: Trinette Singleton
Costumes courtesy of the Joffrey Ballet, Ashley C. Wheater, Artistic Director.
Arpino’s Viva Vivaldi is a charming, quick-footed ballet set to Antonio Vivaldi’s “Concerto in D for Violin, Stringsand Cembalo”. Gerald Arpino co-founded the Joffrey Ballet with the company’s founding Artistic Director Robert Joffrey, and was the foremost choreographer for the company under Mr. Joffrey’s direction and served as the company’s Artistic Director from 1988 until 2007. ARB Artistic Director Douglas Martin danced many of Arpino’s works throughout his career, and this is the second major Arpino work he has chosen for the company’s repertory. As ARB Managing Director Christine Chen remarks, “By presenting major revivals of Gerald Arpino’s little-known but fabulous work, ARB demonstrates its unique voice in the world of dance, and in many ways, takes up the torch of Robert Joffrey and Arpino’s vision – preserving their legacy here on the east coast after the Joffrey Ballet relocated to Chicago.” Robert Johnson, dance critic for The Star-Ledger, applauded ARB’s revival of Arpino’s Confetti in 2012: “Arpino clearly loved ballet’s form, not just its athleticism, although the latter is plentiful. It takes guts to dance this piece…The dancers’ courage is exhilarating, and Arpino, its under-appreciated choreographer, wins a belated round of applause.”