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The Gerald Arpino Foundation announces Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami's performances of 'Light Rain' part of The Joffrey/Arpino Celebration, June 26

by Michelle Tabnick
June 22, 2018
The Joyce Theater
175 Eighth Avenue (at the corner of 19th Street)
New York, NY 10011
The Gerald Arpino Foundation
announces Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami's performances of "Light Rain"
part of The Joffrey/Arpino Celebration
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 7:30pm
The Joyce Theater

The Gerald Arpino Foundation announces Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami's performances of Gerald Arpino's "Light Rain" and "Esferas", part of The Joffrey/Arpino Celebration, on Tuesday, June 26 and Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 7:30pm at The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, NYC. Tickets start at $10. $10 tickets can be purchased by calling JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800. All other tickets can be purchased online at www.joyce.org/performances/dimensions-dance-theatre-miami.

Following its "exuberant debut" (The Miami Herald) in 2016, Dimensions Dance Theatre has quickly made a name for itself as a promising new ballet company with a dazzling repertory reflective the vibrant Latin culture of its home city, Miami. Founded and led by former Miami City Ballet stars, Carlos Guerra and Jennifer Kronenberg, the company makes its Joyce debut with a program that includes Gerald Arpino's sensually charged "Light Rain"; "Esferas", a striking, sculptural work created by emerging choreographic talent Ariel Rose of Miami City Ballet; and Jaunita y Alicia by Septime Webre.

The Joyce's Ballet Festival is presented with generous support by John & Margaret Falk and Susan & Greg Pappajohn. Lead support provided by the Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation. Special support provided by First Republic Bank.

Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami is a brand new ballet company founded in 2016 by former Miami City Ballet principal dancers Carlos Guerra and Jennifer Kronenberg. Carlos and Jennifer plan to offer audiences a fresh and diverse view of ballet through their direction of Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami, exploring collaborative avenues that are distinct in their reflection of South Florida.

Drawing on 50+ years of cumulative experience working with many of today's most celebrated international choreographers and directors, the two will bring a unique & promising perspective to the procurement of new & existing balletic repertoire. At Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami, audiences can expect to see exciting, diverse, cutting edge works performed by world class artists who will keep viewers on the edge of their seats and demand to see more.
The mission of The Joyce Theater Foundation is to serve and support the art of dance and choreography, to promote the richness and variety of the art form in its fullest expression, and to advance the public interest in, and appreciation of, dance and the allied arts of music, design, and theater.
One of the only theaters built by dancers for dance, The Joyce Theater has garnered a well-deserved international reputation for cultivating and honoring emerging and established dance artists whose work represents a wide range of aesthetic interests.  Since opening in 1982, The Joyce has supported the dance community by providing a home for more than 400 domestic and international companies and by offering an annual 45 to 48-week season which, each year, allows more than 150,000 audience members to experience diverse, popular and challenging performances.
The Joyce's invaluable commitment to artists and audiences extends beyond the immense volume of work taking place on its stage. In an effort to make dance accessible to audiences throughout New York City, The Joyce has also expanded its reach beyond its Chelsea home through off-site presentations at venues ranging in scope from Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater, to Brooklyn's Invisible Dog Art Center, and to outdoor programming in such spaces as Hudson River Park.

The Joyce anticipates many more years of success in sustaining dance by building robust, educated audiences who share a love of the art form and embrace its enduring power.

Robert Joffrey was born in Seattle, Washington, and met Gerald Arpino,a Staten Island native, while he was stationed in Seattle with the Coast Guard. They studied dance with Mary Ann Wells, danced with Graham dancers May O'Donnell and Gertrude Shurr, and studied at the School of American Ballet. Joffrey also performed as a soloist with Roland Petit's Ballet de Paris.
In 1953 Joffrey and Arpino founded the American Ballet Center (Joffrey Ballet School) in Greenwich Village. In 1956, their first company, the Robert Joffrey Theatre Dancers, began with six dancers (including Arpino) in a station wagon travelling across America, inaugurating their unique brand of American ballet. Soon the Joffrey Ballet, with its cutting-edge repertory and meticulously reconstructed historical ballets such as Kurt Jooss' "The Green Table" and Leonide Massine's "Parade", became a world-renown company. While restaging important 20th century works by Frederick Ashton, John Cranko, and others, both Joffrey and Arpino were also acclaimed and sometimes controversial choreographers (for example, Joffrey's "Astarte" and Arpino's "Trinity"). Taking risks with new commissions, the Joffrey continued to break barriers between high and popular culture, performed at the White House for several Presidents, and toured the world.
In 1988, Joffrey passed away and Arpino became Artistic Director, moving the company from New York City to Chicago in 1995. After establishing the company in its new home, Arpino created The Gerald Arpino Foundation to preserve his and Robert Joffrey's ballets and legacy. Since Arpino's passing in 2008, the Joffrey has been under the able leadership of Ashley Wheater, continuing to flourish as a beloved Chicago institution. www.arpinofoundation.org
The Gerald Arpino Foundation is committed to preserving and promoting the choreographic works of Gerald Arpino and Robert Joffrey while maintaining the integrity of the works through the highest level of artistic excellence.
The Joyce Theater Foundation ("The Joyce," Executive Director, Linda Shelton), a nonprofit organization, has proudly served the dance community for over three decades. Under the direction of founders Cora Cahan and Eliot Feld, Ballet Tech Foundation acquired and The Joyce renovated the Elgin Theater in Chelsea. Opening as The Joyce Theater in 1982, it was named in honor of Joyce Mertz, beloved daughter of LuEsther T. Mertz. It was LuEsther's clear, undaunted vision and abundant generosity that made it imaginable and ultimately possible to build the theater. Ownership was secured by The Joyce in 2015. The theater is one of the only theaters built by dancers for dance and has provided an intimate and elegant home for over 400 U.S.-based and international companies. The Joyce has also presented dance at Lincoln Center since 2012, and launched Joyce Unleashed in 2014 to feature emerging and experimental artists. To further support the creation of new work, The Joyce maintains longstanding commissioning and residency programs. Local students and teachers (K-12th grade) benefit from its school program, and family and adult audiences get closer to dance with access to artists. The Joyce's annual season of about 48 weeks of dance now includes over 340 performances for audiences in excess of 150,000.
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