Choreography - Gerald Arpino
"[My light] is most precious not only to me, but above all to the darkness of the creator, who needs Man to illuminate his creation." - C. G. Jung
A company ballet in three movements, it has an original scorew by Douglas Adamz and Russ Gauthier, contemporary composers from San Francisco who perform with their group, Light Rain. Adamz and Gauthier employ Eastern rhythms in their composition. The music for the ballet, called "Dream Dancer," is scored for an unusual combination of instruments: banjo, violin, mandolin, bass, toumbec (clay drum), finger cymbals, tambourine, claves (South American wood sticks), maraca, and bamboo flute. The sound has been described as "East-West fusion."
Gerald Arpino chose to create this work for The Joffrey Ballet's Silver Anniversary to showcase the new young dancers of the company. "It is my gift to these talented youngsters who are the artists of the Eighties. I am inspired by their modes and rituals, their passions," commented Mr. Arpino when asked to describe his new ballet. Light Rain, with its accent on youth, its American artists, and its original music, continues The Joffrey traditions begun in 1956.
Presented as the closing ballet of the Joffrey's two-year Golden Anniversary, Light Rain remains the company's most beloved and requested signature work.
Music - Douglas Adamz and Russ Gauthier
Lighting Design - Kevin Dreyer after the original Thomas Skelton
Costume Design - A. Christina Giannini
WORLD (AND JOFFREY) PREMIERE: November 4, 1981, City Center Theatre, New York, NY
Performed in: 2001 (Arpino & Friends), 2003 (Spring Gala), 2003 (Encore, Arpino!), 2007 (Light Rain), 2007 Iowa Tour (Western Gateway Park, Bayliss Park, Weed Park, Brucemore, Hancher Green)
Pas de deux performed in: 2006 (Dixon Hall - Tulane University)