Joffrey: No Ownership Disputes Here

Recent high-profile legal disputes over the ownership of specific dances after the choreographer’s death have many top companies scrambling to insure their hold on the work produced by their employees. At Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet, choreographer Gerald Arpino’s advanced age has caused such concerns, but “Arpino and the troupe’s response is unequivocal: The Joffrey Ballet here has the rights to all Arpino and Joffrey ballets ‘in perpetuity.'” The company is also stressing that, while Arpino is not scheduled to retire anytime soon, there is a succession plan in place.