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Ballet Fantastique: Babes in Toyland - A Holiday Story

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THANKSGIVING WEEKEND: Your family’s holiday festivities launch in the magical Silva Concert Hall with Ballet Fantastique’s retroglam new Babes in Toyland. Fall into a bright, festive storybook, where the Candyland Toys band together to save Christmas from Barnaby Barnacle, Lord of Licorice! In Donna Marisa and Hannah Bontrager’s jazzy dance theater remake of Victor Herbert’s 1903 holiday operetta from the Chicago Grand Opera House, the stage glows with whimsical characters, festive dance theater, and the international artists and guest stars of Ballet Fantastique. Set to the swinging holiday beat of Duke Ellington’s epic jazz Nutcracker and other holiday jazz classics.

For the young and the young at heart—your family’s magical new holiday experience at the Hult Center!

“Danced to Duke Ellington’s jazzy…Nutcracker Suite, this retro-glam contemporary ballet loosely weaves together various characters from Mother Goose nursery rhymes into a Christmas-themed dance extravaganza. Choreographed by the mother-daughter artistic team of Donna Marisa and Hannah Bontrager, this reimagining of Babes in Toyland will transport back to the technicolor holiday television specials of yore…”
— JAMUNA CHIARINI, Oregon Arts Watch

MUSIC: Duke Ellington’s Epic Jazz Nutcracker, Plus Other Holiday Classics!

Original compositions & arrangements from Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller + More.

Original arrangements for Ballet Fantastique by Steve Sharp.


About Ballet Fantastique

Powerhouse classical ballet meets international artists and remixed stories—with the electricity of a live music concert. Emmy-nominated local gem Ballet Fantastique (BFan) has been heralded “a bold, cross-disciplinary dance company” (Eugene Weekly), featured in The Washington Post, and performs to sellout crowds and standing ovations across the NW and internationally. Experience unique, immersive new dance theater, live music you’ll love, and ballet like you’ve never seen it before.

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