PROGRAMS: Dream Music Puppetry

One of few programs in the country to grow and commission contemporary, adult puppet works, Dream Music provides performance opportunities to puppet artists, and encourages multidisciplinary collaboration to develop new puppetry techniques. This program was inaugurated with the premiere of Basil Twist’s OBIE-award winning Symphonie Fantastique in 1998. Under the artistic direction of Twist, and produced by HERE co-founder Barbara Busackino, the Dream Music aesthetic is geared toward puppet works that feature live music as a collaborative element.

Puppetry is the original multi-disciplinary art form therefore Dream Music artists if they so choose, have a place in the HARP program to develop their work alongside artists of other disciplines. Dream Music curates regular Puppetry Parlors to showcase excerpts from developing works both from within Dream Music and the puppetry community at large. Each year, Dream Music commissions new full-length puppet works; develops new puppet works by emerging puppet artists through Puppetry Parlors and at CULTUREMART; provides educational outreach through its partnership commissions for the legendary Village Halloween Parade; and offers national and international touring/presenting opportunities. Recent touring commissions include Lake Simon’s What’s Inside the Egg?, Kevin Augustine’s Animal, Erin Orr’s Savage Nursery, and Erik Sanko’s The Fortune Teller.

The program is principally centered around the intimate intimate Dorothy B. Williams Theatre, specifically configured for puppet works. Puppetry is a unique artform which takes many roots, and so our methods for crafting the progam change with each artist who passes through our doors.
 

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How to apply

Please send proposals to Artistic Director, Basil Twist at dreammusic@here.org

Featured Dream Music Video

5 for 5 feedback on our most recent Dream Music Puppetry show, The Pigeoning.

Past Dream Music shows

  • The Pigeoning Revamp

    The Pigeoning is a darkly comedic yet heartfelt story that spins articulate puppetry, live music, and lo-fi special effects into an epic tale about the illusion of safety and control.

  • The House

    The House held the secret of the Warehouse Family funeral home for many years, but when the Undertaker on her deathbed admits to the mistakes of her past, the secrets start to unravel.

  • CULTUREMART 2014: Send for the Million Men

    “What we learn from History is that we don’t learn anything from History.”  -Sacco and Vanzetti Scholar Deborah Contrada

  • Puppet Parlor: Halloween Edition

    Our Special Halloween edition of the parlor will feature a Japanese monster tale from Yumiko Tanaka, plus Basil Twist, Kate Brehm,  Brandon Hardy, Jessica Scott and the haunted keys of Wayne Barker -our special musical host for the affair.