Cleopatra // PHOTO:  BOB WILLIAMS + STEPHANIE URSO 

WORLD PREMIERE:

Cleopatra

EUGENE, OR: HULT CENTER
One Eugene Center, Eugene OR 97401
Hult Center Box Office: 541-682-5000

LIVE MUSIC: Beats Antique

Performance Dates/Times:
Friday, May 10 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 12 at 2:30 pm

Sunday, May 12 at 7:30 pm

All-original new choreography: Donna + Hannah Bontrager, choreographer-producers

WORLD PREMIERE: A fecund carpet, an asp, an empire almost lost to a pair of kohl-rimmed eyes. Cleopatra VII—a luminous Hellenistic queen in an Egyptian kingdom in a Roman world, juggling personae to shock, awe, love, rule, and endure—inspires Ballet Fantastique’s defiant and spellbinding new contemporary ballet premiere, set to the Levantine modern electronic sound of blockbuster musicians Beats Antique, playing live at the Hult Center for the first time. Choreographer-Producers Donna Marisa and Hannah Bontrager weave a lavish and intoxicating world filled with dangerous romance and fierce political intrigue: Great rivals from worlds of privilege collide and Cleopatra—scholar, mother, ruler-goddess, bold architect-visionary of a unified Egypt—plays war and romance, politics and power, love and jealousy, alliance and misalliance. Beats Antique’s inimitable sound (a masterful fusion of modern technology and live instrumentation with elements of brass bands and glitch, string quartets and dubstep) anchors Ballet Fantastique’s sumptuous, culture-crossing epic, where timeless romance swirls with Taylor/Burton cinematic grandeur. Cleopatra is BFan’s most boldly extravagant new art in history. All-new dance theater, all-live original music. Be there.

LIVE BROADCAST: This concert will be live broadcast to international audiences via the website Concert Window (Sunday, May 12 @ 2:30 pm PST). Click here to learn more/sign up to watch.

Project premiere support: Nils and Jewel Hult Endowment — Arts Foundation of Western Oregon Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation