“Living only for the moment, turning our full attention to the pleasures of the moon, the snow, the cherry blossoms and the maple leaves; singing songs, drinking wine, diverting ourselves in just floating, floating; refusing to be disheartened, like a gourd floating along with the river current: this is what we call the floating world.”
—Poet Asai Ryoui (17th century)
Ballet Fantastique’s NEW LEGENDS season continues with Tales from the Floating World, a landmark contemporary ballet premiere inspired by the haunting and powerful music of and live koto player Mitsuki Dazai. Partnering with the award-winning ensemble drummers, choreographer-producers Donna Marisa and Hannah Bontrager bring to life ancient Asian legends of samurai adventure, romance, and the supernatural.
Tales from the Floating World fuses fierce rhythm and indelible melody with evocative movement, weaving together the sounds of the ancient past to tell epic stories from a world of caprice.
Fall Open Barre: Weds. October 5, 2016 from 6:30-8 pm
Winter Open Barre: Weds. Feb. 22, 2017 from 6:30-8 pm
City Center for Dance, Downtown Eugene, OR
Spring Open Barre: Weds. May 3, 2017 from 6:30-8 pm
Oregon Wine LAB, 488 Lincoln St., Eugene, OR
An intimate taste of the best of the Northwest! Join the Ballet Fantastique dancers, choreographers, and musicians at Ballet Fantastique’s beautiful downtown City Center for Dance (960 Oak St) on selected Wednesdays throughout the season for a behind-the-scenes open rehearsal preview of new performance premieres in progress, plus tastings from Oregon Wine LAB/William Rose Wines and custom nibbles from Sundance Catering.
Photo: Stephanie Urso
Saturday, May 21st, 8:00 - Late
HiFi Music Hall, 44 E. 7th Ave., Eugene, OR
Ballet Fantastique joins forces with our friends High Step Society and HiFi Music Hall to throw an end-of season dance party bash you won't want to miss!
Photo: Stephanie Urso
Donna and Hannah Bontrager, Academy directors
ACADEMY OF BALLET FANTASTIQUE SPRING CONCERT
Please join us for the perfect start to your summer—a sweet collection of whimsical original works performed by the next generation of young Ballet Fantastique dancers. Frenchtastique is a charming tour de force… complemented with new contemporary ballet works created by Ballet Fantastique's directors and company artists.