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Symphonie Fantastique Basil Twist

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The Jim Henson Foundation

About the show

Twenty years ago in 1998, Basil Twist debuted his boundary-breaking response to Berlioz’s 1830 "Symphonie Fantastique" to universal acclaim, inaugurating HERE's intimate Dorothy B. Williams Theatre. In the two decades since Symphonie Fantastique's premiere, Basil Twist has become an internationally recognized artist in opera, ballet, and on Broadway, and has won countless awards including the illustrious MacArthur Fellowship. Twist will revisit his legendary masterpiece as part of HERE’s 25th Anniversary Season. In this revival, accompanied live by a virtuosic pianist playing the exquisite Liszt transcription, Symphonie floats and swirls in a 1,000-gallon water tank neatly disguised as a puppet stage. For the many who never saw it, and for those who relish seeing it again and again, the return of this tour de force to HERE is the event of the season.

Click here for the Symphonie Fantastique website.


Created by Basil Twist
Featuring Pianist Christopher O’Riley
Puppeteers: Kate Brehm​, Ben Elling​, Andy Gaukel​, Jonothon Lyons​, and Lake Simons
Lighting Design: Andrew Hill
Associate Lighting Design: Ayumu "Poe" Saegusa
Production Manager: Neelam Vaswani
Stage Manager: Liz Haroian

Substitute Pianist: Vassily Primakov (performing: April 29, May 2-6, May 15, May 17-18)
Swing Puppeteers: Rachael Shane and Patrick Newton

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