Home: A Celebration

Performance Details

  • When October 13–24, 2021
  • Where Lyric Opera House
  • Choreography Mixed Repertory
  • Running Time 2 hours 10 minutes

The Joffrey marks a celebratory return to the stage with original works by choreographers Chanel DaSilva, Joffrey Rehearsal Director Nicolas Blanc, Joffrey Artist Yoshihisa Arai, and a beloved ballet classic by Joffrey co-founder Gerald Arpino.

Please note: Based on city, state, and CDC guidance, all attendees eligible to receive an approved COVID-19 vaccine (ages 12 and older) are required to show proof of vaccination prior to attending a Joffrey performance and/or event through December 2021 at Lyric Opera House. Patrons are also required to wear protective face coverings at all times.  

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With special messages on behalf of the executive leadership team, notes from the choreographers, and more.

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Schedule and Tickets

Birthday Variations

Joffrey co-founder Gerald Arpino used music by Giuseppe Verdi for a commission by Becky D’Angelo in 1986 as a birthday present to her husband Dino, who owned Chicago’s Civic Opera House and loved Verdi’s music. This lively and melodic ballet counts as one of Arpino’s most popular creations.

Swing Low

Original Joffrey Creation

Choreographer Chanel DaSilva finds beauty in the complex and multifaceted experience of what it means to be human with Swing Low, an original creation for five men, set to music by cellist and composer Zoë Keating. 

Keating joins the Lyric Opera Orchestra for a special performance of Swing Low on October 13, 2021.

Under the Trees’ Voices

World Premiere

Under the Trees’ Voices features 15 dancers performing to Symphony No. 2 by Italian composer Ezio Bosso. The performance channels the power of community in the age of social distancing and pays tribute to an endangered nature. In four distinct sections, Blanc imagines a future of hope and unity.


World Premiere

Joffrey Company Artist Yoshihisa Arai takes audiences on a journey through time and space with Boléro, featuring 15 dancers and danced to the seminal score of the same name by composer Maurice Ravel. A true Joffrey collaboration, Boléro also features costume designs by Joffrey Artist Temur Suluashvili. 

Joffrey Artists Evan Boersma, Edson Barbosa, Fernando Duarte, Stefan Goncalvez, and Hyuma Kiyosawa in Swing Low by Chanel DaSilva. 
Joffrey Artist Xavier Núñez in Under the Trees’ Voices by Joffrey Rehearsal Director Nicolas Blanc.
Joffrey Artist Anais Bueno as muse in Yoshihisa Arai’s powerful world premiere Boléro

About the Artists

Gerald Arpino

The Joffrey icon and co-founder’s esteemed career dates back to 1956.

Chanel DaSilva

The Brooklyn native presents her first work for the Joffrey mainstage during the 2021–2022 season.

Nicolas Blanc

Hailed by critics around the globe for his creative prowess, Blanc marks his tenth season with the Joffrey as Rehearsal Director and Coach.

Yoshihisa Arai

A Company Artist with the Joffrey since 2012, Arai celebrates his choreographic debut for the Joffrey performance season.

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