2020-2021 Season

New Home, New Era

Welcome to the Joffrey's 2020-2021 season, the 25th anniversary since the Joffrey arrived in Chicago and our inaugural year at Lyric Opera House.

 

To renew or purchase a subscription, click here

Single tickets go on sale Monday, August 3. 


Manon

October 14-25, 2020

Choreography: Sir Kenneth MacMillan | Music: Jules Massenet

From the ornate salons of Paris to the mysterious wilds of colonial Louisiana, the beautiful Manon finds herself caught between a life of luxury and the prospect of true love. A tangled web of romance, desire, and deceit ensues in this dramatic masterwork from one of ballet's greatest choreographers. With music by Massenet, Manon is considered a must-see of the ballet canon. 

Joffrey Premiere

Presenting Sponsors: Mr. and Mrs. Joel V. Williamson

Major Sponsors: Walter E. Heller Foundation and the Rudolf Nureyev Fund at The Joffrey Ballet

Sponsors: Lorna Ferguson and Terry Clark, in memory of Christine Du Boulay Ellis


Serenade and 

Of Mice and Men

February 17-28, 2021

Serenade

Choreography: George Balanchine | Original Score: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

© The George Balanchine Trust

Balanchine's first ballet created in America originated as a lesson in stage technique, using unexpected events from rehearsals as the basis for the choreography. "When one student fell, he incorporated it. Another day, a student arrived late, and this too became part of the ballet." (The George Balanchine Trust)

Joffrey Premiere


Of Mice and Men 

Choreography and Direction: (c) Cathy Marston | Original Score: Thomas Newman

Scenario by Cathy Marston and Edward Kemp

Hope abounds for George Milton and Lennie Small, two drifters looking for work on the golden farms of Depression-era California. When tragedy strikes, George and Lennie face difficult choices that test the nature of their relationship. Marston goes from page-to-stage with Steinbeck's tender tale of friendship and sacrifice, with an original score by Academy Award®-nominated composer Thomas Newman. 

World Premiere

Commissioning Sponsors: Greg Jenkins, Northern Trust, and Prince Charitable Trusts

Of Mice and Men was created with funds from the Prince Prize for Commissioning Original Work, which was awarded to Cathy Marston and The Joffrey Ballet in 2019.

The Little Mermaid

April 21-May 2, 2021

Choreography: John Neumeier | Original Score: Lera Auerback

Dive into the emotional depths of Neumeier's beautifully haunting adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's 1837 fairytale, an expressionist ballet that follows the tormented mermaid heroine, as she travels between the divergent worlds of land and sea -- one utterly complex, the other beautifully serene. 

Chicago Premiere

Presenting Sponsor: Women’s Board of The Joffrey Ballet

Sponsor: Pamela Crutchfield


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The Nutcracker

December 5-27, 2020

Choreography: © Christopher Wheeldon | Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Wheeldon's reimagined classic rings in the holidays like no other. Follow young Marie and the Nutcracker Prince on a Christmas Eve journey through the 1893 World's Fair, a dazzling spectacle of sights, sounds, and enchantment. This annual holiday tradition celebrates the magic of the season and the rich cultural heritage of Chicago. 

With gratitude to The Nutcracker Commissioning Sponsors: Margot and Josef Lakonishok, Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust, Hancher Auditorium, University of Iowa, and the many “Believers”.

 

2020-2021 Season Sponsors:

Abbott Fund, Alphawood Foundation Chicago, Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation, and The Florian Fund

Live Music Sponsors:

Sandy and Roger Deromedi, and The Marina and Arnold Tatar Fund for Live Music

 

 

 

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New Home, New Era

Welcome to the Joffrey's 2020-2021 season, the 25th anniversary since the Joffrey arrived in Chicago and our inaugural year at Lyric Opera House.

 

To renew or purchase a subscription, click here

Single tickets go on sale Monday, August 3. 


Manon

October 14-25, 2020

Choreography: Sir Kenneth MacMillan | Music: Jules Massenet

From the ornate salons of Paris to the mysterious wilds of colonial Louisiana, the beautiful Manon finds herself caught between a life of luxury and the prospect of true love. A tangled web of romance, desire, and deceit ensues in this dramatic masterwork from one of ballet's greatest choreographers. With music by Massenet, Manon is considered a must-see of the ballet canon. 

Joffrey Premiere

Presenting Sponsors: Mr. and Mrs. Joel V. Williamson

Major Sponsors: Walter E. Heller Foundation and the Rudolf Nureyev Fund at The Joffrey Ballet

Sponsors: Lorna Ferguson and Terry Clark, in memory of Christine Du Boulay Ellis


Serenade and 

Of Mice and Men

February 17-28, 2021

Serenade

Choreography: George Balanchine | Original Score: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

© The George Balanchine Trust

Balanchine's first ballet created in America originated as a lesson in stage technique, using unexpected events from rehearsals as the basis for the choreography. "When one student fell, he incorporated it. Another day, a student arrived late, and this too became part of the ballet." (The George Balanchine Trust)

Joffrey Premiere


Of Mice and Men 

Choreography and Direction: (c) Cathy Marston | Original Score: Thomas Newman

Scenario by Cathy Marston and Edward Kemp

Hope abounds for George Milton and Lennie Small, two drifters looking for work on the golden farms of Depression-era California. When tragedy strikes, George and Lennie face difficult choices that test the nature of their relationship. Marston goes from page-to-stage with Steinbeck's tender tale of friendship and sacrifice, with an original score by Academy Award®-nominated composer Thomas Newman. 

World Premiere

Commissioning Sponsors: Greg Jenkins, Northern Trust, and Prince Charitable Trusts

Of Mice and Men was created with funds from the Prince Prize for Commissioning Original Work, which was awarded to Cathy Marston and The Joffrey Ballet in 2019.

The Little Mermaid

April 21-May 2, 2021

Choreography: John Neumeier | Original Score: Lera Auerback

Dive into the emotional depths of Neumeier's beautifully haunting adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's 1837 fairytale, an expressionist ballet that follows the tormented mermaid heroine, as she travels between the divergent worlds of land and sea -- one utterly complex, the other beautifully serene. 

Chicago Premiere

Presenting Sponsor: Women’s Board of The Joffrey Ballet

Sponsor: Pamela Crutchfield


Add On!

The Nutcracker

December 5-27, 2020

Choreography: © Christopher Wheeldon | Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Wheeldon's reimagined classic rings in the holidays like no other. Follow young Marie and the Nutcracker Prince on a Christmas Eve journey through the 1893 World's Fair, a dazzling spectacle of sights, sounds, and enchantment. This annual holiday tradition celebrates the magic of the season and the rich cultural heritage of Chicago. 

With gratitude to The Nutcracker Commissioning Sponsors: Margot and Josef Lakonishok, Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust, Hancher Auditorium, University of Iowa, and the many “Believers”.

 

2020-2021 Season Sponsors:

Abbott Fund, Alphawood Foundation Chicago, Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation, and The Florian Fund

Live Music Sponsors:

Sandy and Roger Deromedi, and The Marina and Arnold Tatar Fund for Live Music