Performance Details

  • When October 17-27, 2024
  • Choreography Cathy Marston
  • Where Lyric Opera House
  • Music Laura Rossi

Witness the U.S. premiere of renowned choreographer Cathy Marston's 'Atonement' in her re-imagining of Ian McEwan’s 2001 novel-turned Academy Award®-winning film.

The poignant story follows Briony Tallis, revealed in the book as its author and now portrayed in the ballet as a celebrated choreographer, as she grapples with the haunting echoes of her past through a breathtaking dance of redemption.

Marston’s adaptation unfolds the tragic love story of Briony’s older sister, Cecilia, against the historical backdrop of 1935 England to explore the intricate layers of societal norms and the enduring impact of a single lie. Enveloped in Rossi’s evocative musical score, with dynamic choreography portraying the complexities of self-deception, the transformation of memory, and the weight of guilt, Atonement shares an emotionally charged experience with a startling twist finale that will linger in the soul. 

Tickets on sale August 1.

Photo and video courtesy of Ballett Zürich.

Choreographer and Composer

Cathy Marston | Choreographer

Cathy Marston is an award-winning choreographer and Artistic Director of Ballett Zürich.

Laura Rossi | Composer

Laura Rossi is a composer for film, television and concert music. Her music has been described as ‘hauntingly atmospheric with emotional depth and beauty’.



Commissioning Producing Sponsor

  • Anne L. Kaplan
  • Denise Littlefield Sobel

Commissioning and Presenting Sponsors

  • Lorna Ferguson and Terry Clark
  • Rudolf Nureyev Fund at The Joffrey Ballet
  • Mr. and Mrs. Joel V. Williamson

Production Sponsors

  • Holly Palmer Foundation
  • Max Mara