Fierce. Fun. Creative. Bold. (Your new art is here.)
Ballet Fantastique (BFan) is a powerhouse for inventive dance theater in the Northwest. Established in 2000, BFan re-imagines the future of dance—building inclusive new audiences through contemporary ballet premieres (Company), training a diverse next generation of artists (Academy), and inspiring youth through education programs that reach across traditional access barriers to reach underserved kids (Outreach).
Ballet Fantastique is great stories, mischievous innovation, all live music—and bold, visionary new dance theater. BFan has been heralded “a bold, cross-disciplinary dance company” (Eugene Weekly) and “imaginative geniuses” (Portland Monthly), and featured in The Washington Post. Eugene's Ballet Fantastique presents a full season of original performances at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in Eugene, Oregon annually as a proud Resident Company, as well as touring throughout the Northwest and internationally.
BFan is led by mother-daughter team Donna and Hannah Bontrager, who create 100% of the Company’s repertoire as resident choreographer-producers. BFan's genre-defying all-original contemporary ballet premieres include 100+ original works and 50 full-length narrative contemporary ballet premieres since 2007—ranging from a rock opera ballet version of Cinderella set to 1960's billboard hits, a Roaring 20's Parisian jazz version of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice, a Wild West spin on Shakespeare’s As You Like It, the first-ever authorized ballet version of Zorro® with the LA-based band Incendio, and the biblical story of Esther as a rock gospel ballet with the award-winning UO Gospel Singers. Ballet Fantastique has forged new cross-disciplinary collaborations with sculptors, choirs, opera and soloist vocalists, symphony and chamber orchestras, literary and visual artists, actors, break dancers, circus artists, and composers from our Northwest home and across the world.
Ballet Fantastique's City Center for Dance opened in 2010—now busy 350+ days/year with dance classes in downtown Eugene, and the creation of bold new story ballets with all live music with our small, elite team of international resident company artists.
Get ready for ballet like you've never seen it before. We'll see you soon.
Donna & Hannah Bontrager
Producer-Choreographers, Ballet Fantastique