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Belteshazzar: A Perilous Tale

  • First Presbyterian Theater 300 W Wayne St Fort Wayne, IN, 46802 United States (map)

The Program

Belteshazzar: A Perilous Tale is a full-length story ballet in three acts, created by Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Slager in 2015. The work brings an old, familiar and yet relevant story to life in the form of classical ballet. Featuring kings and kingdoms, royal egos, unfathomable dangers and mysterious dreams, the ballet takes audiences to the ancient Middle East for a wild ride alongside the young Daniel and his unwavering integrity. Set to the fabulous music of Benjamin Britten’s score originally used for Prince of the PagodasBelteshazzar is a beautiful ballet with powerful story.

The original Spring 2015 creation and performance of Belteshazzar: A Perilous Tale was partially supported by an Individual Artist Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Performance Information


This performance will be held at the First Presbyterian Theater in Fort Wayne, IN. Parking is available in two lots, one at the west end of the building with one entrance off Wayne Street.  The second lot is on the north side of the building.  There are three entrances to this lot off Berry Street.  Street parking is also available.  There is no charge for metered spaces after 5pm weekdays and all day on Saturday and Sunday. 


  • Seating for this performance is general admission.
  • Tickets are $22 for adults, $18 for students/seniors, or $12 for children 12 and under. 
  • Adult tickets are 15% for groups of 10 or more.
  • Click below for tickets or call 312-725-4752.

Make It a Weekend

See both Ballet 5:8 performances at the First Presbyterian Theater in Fort Wayne and save! Weekend tickets allow you to see both Out of the Dust (Saturday, 7:00pm) and Belteshazzar: A Perilous Tale (Sunday, 3:00pm).

  • Weekend tickets are $30 for adults, $24 for students/seniors and $18 for children 12 and under. 
  • Click below for tickets for call 312-725-4752.

Talk Back

Directly after the performance, Ballet 5:8 warmly invites you to take part in a special Ballet 5:8 tradition: the Talk Back. During this informal event, you'll have the opportunity to talk with Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Slager and Ballet 5:8 Company Artists about your experience during the performance. What did you see? What did the performance make you feel or think? What questions do you have? All comments and questions are welcome. 

Made Possible By:

This performance is made possible in part by Media Sponsors Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allan County and Bott Radio Network.

Contributing Sponsors
Standing Ovation Performance Apparel

Featured Repertoire

Earlier Event: May 14
Out of the Dust
Later Event: October 7
The Stor(ies) of You and Me