The Little Mermaid

Performance Details

  • When April 19–30, 2023
  • Where Lyric Opera House
  • Choreography John Neumeier
  • Original Score Lera Auerbach
  • Running Time 2 Hours 25 Minutes

Neumeier’s beautifully haunting interpretation of Hans Christian Andersen’s 1837 tragic folk tale follows the tormented mermaid 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 heartbreaking tragedy, based on Andersen’s original and complex themes, makes its long-awaited Chicago debut.

A Tale of Memories, Fantasies, and Longing

Read about John Neumeier's adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's well-known tale, 'The Little Mermaid'.

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High drama. Intense theatricality. Heartrending romance.

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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.

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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.



Major Production Sponsor

  • Ethel & Bill Gofen

Production Sponsor

  • Pamela Crutchfield
  • Jeanette Stevens
  • Robert's Pizza and Dough Co.
  • Ron and Ann Waters