Home: a Celebration

Performance Details

  • When October 13–24, 2021
  • Choreography Mixed Repertory

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.

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. 

Under the Trees’ Voices

World Premiere

The newest ballet from Joffrey Rehearsal Director Nicolas Blanc channels the power of community in the age of social distancing. This four-movement world premiere for the stage, set to Symphony No. 2 by Italian composer Bosso, 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 Artist Edson Barbosa and Stefan Goncalvez in rehearsal for Chanel DaSilva’s Swing Low, an original creation for The Joffrey Ballet. 
Joffre Artist Anais Bueno serves 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.

Experience the Entire 2021–2022 Season



Commissioning Sponsors

  • Bruce Sagan and Bette Cerf Hill
  • ITW and GrubHub