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 Post subject: Gerald Arpino
PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 2:01 pm 

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I regret to report that Gerald Arpino passed away today. Early notices from the Chicago press:

Hedy Weiss in the Chicago Sun-Times:

Chicago Sun-Times

Sid Smith in the Chicago Tribune:

Chicago Tribune

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 2:56 pm 

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Readers might enjoy reading this 2004 interview with Mr. Arpino:

Arpino Interview from Ballet-Dance Monthly

Dean Speer

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 12:41 pm 

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Anna Kisselgoff's obituary of Gerald Arpino in the New York Times:

NY Times

Hedy Weiss has an expanded Arpino obituary in the Chicago Sun-times:

Chicago Sun-Times

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 Post subject: Details of the memorial service
PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 11:14 am 

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I apologize for the mass mailing, but I know many of you are waiting for this
information and I wanted to get it out immediately! As far as I have heard there
will be no performances at the memorial, but a select group of former Joffrey
dancers who are now heads of Dance companies will be speaking at the service.

If you have any further questions, please let me know.




Monday, November 17, 2008

10 a.m. Service; Reception-to-Follow

Gerald Arpino Studio (4th Floor)


Joffrey Tower

10 East Randolph Street


Gerald Arpino, 85

October 29, 2008 (Chicago, IL) -- Gerald Arpino, internationally-renowned Co-Founder
and Artistic Director Emeritus of The Joffrey Ballet, passed away peacefully today
in his Chicago home after a long illness. He was 85 years old.

Arpino was born in Staten Island, New York, and received early dance training in
Seattle by Mary Ann Wells. He co-founded The Joffrey Ballet with Robert Joffrey in
1956 and served as associate director for many years. Upon Mr. Joffrey's death in
1988, Mr. Arpino succeeded him as artistic director.

A leading dancer with the company in its early years, Mr. Arpino choreographed his
first work for The Joffrey, Ropes, in 1961. Shortly thereafter, he became The
Joffrey's resident choreographer and created more than one-third of the company's
repertoire. His amazingly diverse work ranges from social commentary to pure dance
gems. His ballets are in the repertoires of companies around the world.

Mr. Arpino was the first choreographer commissioned to create a ballet to honor the
Office of the American Presidency: The Pantages and the Palace Present Two-a-Day. He
was the first American commissioned by a city, San Antonio, to do a ballet,
Jamboree. In 1993, Mr. Arpino produced America's first full-evening rock ballet,
Billboards, set to the music of Prince. In addition, he was the only choreographer
to have had four of his ballets performed at the White House.

Mr. Arpino served on numerous boards and councils including the national advisory
council of the ITI/USA International Ballet Competition and the board of the Dance
Notation Bureau. He was a member of the Arts Advisory Committee of the New York
International Festival of the Arts. He served as an advisor to the Artists Committee
for The Kennedy Center Honors and was also a member of the board of The Chicago
Academy for the Arts. Among many awards and tributes, Mr. Arpino held honorary
doctorates from the College of Staten Island, City University of New York, and
Wagner College. He was recipient of the 1974 Dance Magazine award and the Vaslav
Nijinsky Medal. In 2005, Mr. Arpino received several prestigious awards, including
the first award for Visionary Leadership from the Arts and Business Council of
Chicago, the University Club of Chicago's Cultural Award, and the Chicago National
Association of Dance Masters' 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also honored
by the Chicago Tribune for the third time as one of the "Chicagoans of the Year" for
his important contribution to the arts in Chicago and the world. In the summer of
2006, Mr. Arpino was presented with the prestigious Grande Ufficiale OSSI (Ordine
della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana) by the President of the Republic of Italy,
Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. Mr. Arpino became Artistic Director Emeritus in July 2007. He
was succeeded in the position of Joffrey Ballet Artistic Director by Ashley Wheater,
former Joffrey dancer and Ballet Master of the San Francisco Ballet.

Arpino is survived by a cousin and great-grand nephew, both of Staten Island, New
York. A public memorial will be held on Monday, November 17, 2008 at 10 a.m. in the
Gerald Arpino Studio at the Joffrey Tower, 10 East Randolph Street. Donations in his
name are being accepted by The Joffrey Ballet, 10 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL

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