5 Reasons why YOU should come to The Book of Esther!

As May briskly approaches the dancers have begun preparing for the premiere of The Book of Esther: A Rock Gospel Ballet running April 9-11at the Hult Center.

For this performance, BFan will partner with the multi-year national award-winning UO Gospel Singers to re-imagine the spellbinding biblical story of a young Jewish girl who risked her life to serve god and save her people.

With the mix of live gospel music and ballet, this collaboration captivates the audience through the uplifting music and choreography narrates the story of the powerful legend throughout the performance.

Company dancers Ashley Bontrager and Krislyn Wessel share five reasons why they believe everyone should come to this performance:

1. It is a very inspiring true story that we are portraying.

2. It is going to be different than anything you have ever seen Bfan do before!

3. Our dancers are becoming more precise, confident and strong on stage with every show.

4. The music is unlike anything we have ever done before.

5. You never know what the directors have up their sleeve for this show.

– Krislyn


Photo: Woden Photography

Photo: Woden Photography


1. It’s a really amazing story that focuses on the wit of one woman to save her people, not many people know this story.

2. We’re collaborating with the Eugene Gospel choir; they say that the audience will definitely get involved.

3. This ballet will touch people’s hearts in a sentimental and spiritual way

4. The costumes will be beautiful, as always.

5. You will hear some songs you recognize and the fact that we are doing ballet to it will be a new experience for audience members.

– Ashley

Don’t want to miss out? You can purchase your tickets for The Book of Esther: A Rock Gospel Ballet, HERE!

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Experience Ballet Fantastique's unmatched creativity and dramatic prowess. Comprised of 7 stunning dancers directed by mother-daughter team Donna and Hannah Bontrager, Ballet Fantastique presents productions full of sizzle and spice. Hailed as "la creme de la creme" (Eugene Weekly), Ballet Fantastique's all-original choreography infuses ballet with diverse new style, brave musical choices (from tango to Metallica), and passionate expression.

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