Joyce Theater


Giselle of Loneliness

June 10-23

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Ballez reinvents the classical ballet canon with storytelling that champions the expression of queer, lesbian, transgender, and gender-nonconforming identities within ballet. Giselle of Loneliness, inspired by the tragic, romantic story-ballet Giselle, dives into themes of despair and madness. This reimagining reveals the experience of dancers betrayed by ballet itself, and asks, “What parts of ourselves do we have to give up in order to belong in ballet, and how do audiences participate in this demand?”

The live premiere opens as an audition for the role of Giselle, where audience members will have the opportunity to participate in selecting the dancer to play the lead role. Audiences are encouraged to tune into this live performance on Thursday, June 10 at 8pm ET and make their opinions count!

Ballez will premiere LIVE on Thursday, June 10 at 8pm ET. After the live premiere, the performance will be available for on-demand streaming through Wednesday, June 23 at 11:59pm ET

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Content Warning: This performance explores the theme of suicide, which some viewers may find distressing.

If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, you can call or chat with National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. (1-800-273-8255)

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth under the age of 25. For more information and resources, visit TheTrevorProject.Org



Video Production and Livestream by Nel Shelby Productions.





Leadership support for The Joyce Theater Foundation has been provided by the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust. 

Leadership support for The Joyce’s presentation of dance is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.  Leadership support for The Joyce's annual programming is provided by Howard Gilman Foundation.

The Joyce's presentation of Ballez is a HARKNESS FIRST Joyce Theater debut, generously supported by The Harkness Foundation for Dance.

The Joyce’s Open Channels Project promoting diverse voices is generously supported by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. 

Underwriting support for The Joyce's presentation of Ballez provided by David S. Ivill and Vincent J. Weiner, Jr.

Joyce presentations are supported by a grant award from the National Endowment for the Arts; made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council with special thanks to Speaker Corey Johnson.

Major support For The Joyce has been provided by Ford Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The SHS Foundation, and The Shubert Foundation. 

Key support has been provided by First Republic Bank, GKV Charitable Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts and its National Dance Project, and Jerome Robbins Foundation.

Ticket Prices

Tickets are $25 per household. This performance will be available for on-demand streaming Thursday, June 10 through Wednesday, June 23.

All tickets can be purchased online. For questions, please call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800. JoyceCharge is open noon-4pm Monday-Friday.