Arias with a Twist Will Make European and Screen Premieres

News   Arias with a Twist Will Make European and Screen Premieres The downtown fusion of song and exotic puppetry from Joey Arias and Basil Twist, Arias with a Twist, will make its European debut in March.
Joey Arias
Joey Arias

Award-winning director and collaborator Basil Twist told Playbill.com that Arias with a Twist will make its European premiere at the Via Festival in Maubeuge, France, March 18-20. Following the Via run, Arias will play the Exit Festival in Creteil, France, March 25-28.

It has also been announced that the dazzling production, which extended to a six-month engagement at HERE Arts Center, was filmed during its Manhattan run by producer Bobby Sheehan of Working Pictures for a future screen release. Details are forthcoming.

Credited with turning drag into high art, Joey Arias returned to New York in Arias with a Twist following an extended run headlining the Las Vegas production of Cirque du Soleil's Zumanity.

The music-filled production boasted Arias' uncanny Billie Holiday-inspired vocals as well as a marionette band of musicians, an alien abduction, poisonous snakes, a Busby Berkeley sequence — and a trip to hell.

Songs featured in the work are "Kashmir," "Jungle of Eden," "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," "Withink You Without You," "I'll Take it to My Baby," "All By Myself," "Lately," "You've Changed," "Twisted" and "Ooh, What a Feelin.'" Arias with a Twist began performances June 12, 2008, and following a flurry of critical praise (including a rave from the New York Times) the production was twice extended, concluding Dec. 31, 2008.

Arias with a Twist features costume concepts by Thierry Mugler, costume execution by Chris March, musical arrangements by Elliot Douglass and Jean-Francois Houle, musical production by Jean-Francois Houle, sound design by Greg Duffin, lighting design by Ayumu "poe" Saegusa and video design by Daniel Brodie. Alex Gifford penned original songs ("Lately" and "The Jungle of Eden").

The soundtrack for Arias with a Twist was recorded during a live performance in September and is available by visiting AriaswithaTwist.