Arpino alone wasn't quite the attraction, and although he carried out Joffrey's intentions by remounting Cotillon, Les Noces, and Billy the Kid, the company was in dire straits five years after Joffrey's death. A group was formed to support it in Chicago, and in 1995 the company headed west. Gerald Arpino died in 2008. Now, under former Joffrey dancer Ashley Wheater, they have their own headquarters in the Joffrey Tower, and a seemingly stable outlook.
The first time I remember seeing the Joffrey, the dancers materialized like spirits out of a misty rain, ascending the steps at the back of the outdoor Delacorte Theater, in Robert Joffrey's Gamelan, to music of Lou Harrison. This documentary doesn't include Gamelan, but in other footage it brings back other great moments I never thought I'd see again.
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