Ballet Fantastique's all-original full-length ballet
Performance Dates/Times: (Hult Center, Eugene)
Friday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, Oct. 21 at 2:30 pm
Thursday, Oct. 18 at 10 am (Hult Center, Eugene)
Live music: Live Honkytonk Piano
All-original new choreography: Donna + Hannah Bontrager, choreographer-producers
Escape with us: As You Like It: A Wild West Ballet is Ballet Fantastique’s indomitable spin on one of Shakespeare’s sweetest romantic comedies, most recently performed by the company to critical acclaim in San Benedetto, Italy. Choreographer-producers Donna Marisa and Hannah Bontrager open their ballet with a sepia silent film to set up our backstory, the banjo-playing character of Touchstone (brilliant actor-musician Adam Goldthwaite) narrates in Shakespearean verse—with a Western twang—and live honkytonk saloon piano (with hits from American composers including Gershwin, Copland, and Kay) sets the score. Fusing the formality of classical ballet with the rambunctious candor and color of the American West, Ballet Fantastique spins Shakespeare’s tale of lovers in disguise, troubadours in trouble, and clever Rosie’s brave escape to a land of possibility, where Sheriff Frederick’s menace gives way to hope, re-invention, poetry, and love. Ballet Fantastique’s As You Like It: A Wild West Ballet will steal your heart and lift your spirits. This is ballet and Shakespeare like you’ve never seen it before.
LIVE BROADCAST: This concert will be live broadcast to international audiences via the website Concert Window (Sunday, Oct. 21 @ 2:30 pm PST). Click here to learn more/sign up to watch.
Project support: Nils and Jewel Hult Endowment — Arts Foundation of Western Oregon Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation