The Little Mermaid

Performance Details

  • When April 19–30, 2023
  • Where Lyric Opera House
  • Choreography John Neumeier
  • Original Score Lera Auerbach

A gripping tableau of shadows and colors, Neumeier’s beautifully haunting interpretation of Hans Christian Andersen’s 1837 fairytale follows the tormented mermaid heroine on a journey between the divergent worlds of land and sea—one utterly complex, the other magnificently serene. With sets and costumes of the grandest scale and an original score by composer Lera Auerbach, this fantastical love story, based on Andersen’s original and decidedly complex themes, makes its long-awaited Chicago debut.

Schedule and Tickets

Make the Most of Your Joffrey Experience

Subscribe to the Joffrey’s 2022–2023 season for exclusive perks and benefits.

Meet the Artists

Choreographer John Neumeier

The Director and Chief Choreographer of The Hamburg Ballet has continually focused on the preservation of ballet tradition while giving his works a modern dramatic framework

Composer Lera Auerbach

A renaissance artist for modern times, Auerbach is a widely recognized conductor, pianist, and composer. She is also a published poet and an exhibited visual artist. All of her work is interconnected as part of a cohesive and comprehensive artistic worldview.

Safety at Joffrey Performances

The Joffrey is committed to the health and safety of our artists and audience members. Visit our Safety page for the latest, including vaccination and mask requirements.

Plan Your Visit

As resident dance company of Lyric Opera House, the Joffrey presents performances of the highest quality, in one of the most renowned venues in the world. Here is some information we hope you will find helpful in planning your visit.



Production Sponsor

  • Pamela Crutchfield