UCSB Arts & Lectures presents The Joffrey Ballet Wednesday, May 11th and Thursday, May 12th at 8:00 p.m. at The Granada Theatre

Two Nights! Two Programs!


  • UCSB Arts & Lectures presents The Joffrey Ballet 
  • Two nights! Two Programs!
  • Ashley Wheater, Artistic Director
  • The first dance company to perform at the White House
  • The first to appear on the cover of Time magazine 
  • This presentation is part of the 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE programming initiative
  • Wednesday, May 11th and Thursday, May 12th / 8:00 p.m. Pacific / The Granada Theatre
  • $131 – $51 : General Public / $20 for UCSB Students (Current student ID required)
  • Health & Safety: Proof of full vaccination (including booster, when eligible) is required for all attendees. Visit for updates and further details.
  • Tickets/Info: (805) 893-3535, or
  • This event includes an at-home viewing option (live stream only; no replay).

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UCSB Arts & Lectures presents The Joffrey Ballet on Wednesday, May 11th and Thursday, May 12th at 8:00 p.m. Pacific at the Granada Theatre. This presentation is part of the 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE programming initiative.

Classically trained to the highest standards, the Chicago-based Joffrey Ballet is considered one of the premier dance companies performing today. Heralded as “America’s Company of Firsts,” the Joffrey was the first dance company to perform at the White House (at Jacqueline Kennedy’s invitation), the first to appear on American television, the first to create a ballet set to rock music and the first to appear on the cover of Time magazine. Committed to artistic excellence and innovation, the company performs a unique repertoire encompassing past masterpieces and cutting-edge works.

May 11th Program

Liam Scarlett: Vespertine

Yoshisha Arai: Élégie Pas

Chanel DaSilva: Swing Low

Justin Peck: The Times are Racing


May 12th Program

Gerald Arpino: Birthday Variations

Nicolas Blanc: Under the Trees’ Voices

Itzik Galili: The Sofa

Yoshihisa Arai: Bolero



“Balletgoing rarely gets more rewarding… The dancers reach for – and often grasp – new levels of achievement.” Chicago Tribune

“The Joffrey dancers, costumed and lit and shockingly talented, are like a rock concert for the eyes.” Huffington Post

Classically trained to the highest standards, The Joffrey Ballet expresses a unique, inclusive perspective on dance, proudly reflecting the diversity of America with its company, audiences and repertoire which includes major story ballets, reconstructions of masterpieces and contemporary works.

The Company’s commitment to accessibility is met through an innovative and highly effective education program including the much lauded Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, Community Engagement programs and collaborations with myriad other visual and performing arts organizations.

Founded by visionary teacher Robert Joffrey in 1956, guided by celebrated choreographer Gerald Arpino from 1988 until 2007, The Joffrey Ballet continues to thrive under internationally renowned Artistic Director Ashley Wheater and Executive Director Greg Cameron.




In 2007, Wheater was appointed Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet. New work is the life blood of a company and he has introduced numerous premieres to the repertoire. In 2008, the Boeing Corporation recognized his commitment to community outreach and diversity in the world of dance, presenting him the “Game Changer” award.  

In 2010, Wheater, representing The Joffrey Ballet, was named Lincoln Academy Laureate, the highest honor presented by the State of Illinois.  The Chicago Tribune selected Wheater as 2013 “Chicagoan of the Year” for his contributions to dance. In 2014, Wheater accepted the Chicago Spirit of Innovation Award for The Joffrey Ballet.  In 2015, Wheater received the University of Chicago Rosenberger Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Creative and Performing Arts. In December 2019, Wheater was appointed to be a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

See A&L’s full 2022 lineup here

This is a moment that calls for Optimism, Resilience, Courage and Vision.

Santa Barbara needs Hope, and Arts & Lectures is uniquely positioned to respond.

A&L’s 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE programming initiative has already inspired our community with presentations by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, chef José Andrés and author Anne Lamott. We will continue to inspire, through shared experiences with thought leaders, creative problem solvers and arts visionaries who will guide us forward. CREATING HOPE programs strengthen human connection, promote emotional well-being, joy and compassion, and envision positive change. Learn more about the CREATING HOPE:




Founded in 1959, UCSB Arts & Lectures (A&L) is the largest and most influential arts and lectures organization between Los Angeles and San Francisco. A&L annually presents more than a hundred public events, from critically acclaimed concerts and dance performances by world-renowned artists to talks by groundbreaking authors and film series at UCSB and Santa Barbara-area venues. With a mission to “educate, entertain and inspire,” A&L also oversees an outreach program that brings visiting artists and speakers into local classrooms and other venues for master classes, open rehearsals, discussions and more, serving K-12 students, college students and the general public.  


The Joffrey Ballet is presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures.

This presentation is part of the 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE programming initiative.

$131 – $51 : General Public / $20 for UCSB Students (Current student ID required)

For tickets and more information, call UCSB Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or visit

Dance Series Sponsors: Sarah & Roger Chrisman, Margo Cohen-Feinberg & Bob Feinberg, Audrey & Timothy O. Fisher, Barbara Stupay, and Sheila Wald

Supporting Sponsor: Pam & Russ Strobel

Presented in association with the UCSB Department of Theater and Dance

Special Thanks:

UCSB Arts & Lectures gratefully acknowledges our Community Partners the Natalie Orfalea Foundation & Lou Buglioli for their generous support of the 2021-2022 season.

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