Ballet Fantastique's all-original full-length ballet
Performance Dates/Times: (Hult Center, Eugene)
Friday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2:30 pm
Outreach Performance: (Hult Center, Eugene)
Thursday, Dec. 13 at 10:00 am
Live music: With LIVE LOOPING ELECTRIC VIOLINIST CULLEN VANCE
All-original Choreography: Donna Marisa + Hannah Bontrager
Ballet Fantastique’s all-original contemporary ballet version of The Odyssey is a new ballet chronicling the epic homeward journey of a great warrior hero. Choreographer-producers Donna Marisa and Hannah Bontrager forge hypnotic, fierce, hauntingly beautiful new choreographic territory, celebrating the dramatic prowess of Ballet Fantastique’s artists in translating Homer’s spectacular characters and fantastic story through dance. Homer’s ancient poem (800 BC) is literature’s grandest evocation of moral endurance through danger and caprice: Odysseus, King of Ithaca, has been imprisoned on the island of the nymph Kalypso following the Greek victory at Troy. Odysseus relies on his wit and wiliness in encounters with forces both natural and divine, including protectress Athena, bitter enemy Poseidon, the powerful witch-goddess Circe, and the fearsome Cyclops. Throughout Odysseus’ ten-year quest to return to Ithica, brave and faithful Queen Penelope is his beacon. Don’t miss the energy and poetry of Homer's great epic tale, captured in Ballet Fantastique’s trademark contemporary ballet theater idiom—a new Odyssey to treasure for its sheer lyrical, artistic splendor.
Featuring music from Athens-based Lyre ‘n’ Rhapsody, Audiomachine, and live looping electric violinist Cullen Vance.