In 2023, BYU Theatre Ballet will celebrate the 100th birthday of Gerald Arpino with an “All Arpino” night. One of the most influential choreographers of the 20th century and co-founder of the Joffrey Ballet, Arpino’s works are danced by professional companies throughout the world. With permission from the Gerald Arpino Foundation, it is our pleasure to feature three Arpino works in 2023: Birthday Variations, Viva Vivaldi, and Reflections. In Birthday Variations, the audience will be privileged to hear live piano accompaniment of the Giuseppe Verdi score by Amalie Simper. Reflections is a perfect representation of the Arpino style with challenging pas de deux work, virtuosic technique, and signature musicality. Theatre Ballet is especially excited to perform an excerpt of Viva Vivaldi for BYU audiences in preparation for their invited performance at the Gerald Arpino Centennial Celebration, which will take place in September 2023 in Chicago, IL. For more information about the Arpino Centennial, please visit arpinofoundation.org. We hope you can join us as we celebrate Gerald Arpino and his contributions to the dance world!