Arias with a Twist began performances at HERE Arts Center June 12, and subsequently extended its original four-week run through Aug. 31. The buzz-generating production, which received a noteworthy boost in a rave from The New York Times, has now extended an additional four months through Dec. 31.
Credited with turning drag into high art, Arias returns to New York in Arias with a Twist, following an extended run headlining the Las Vegas production of Cirque du Soleil's Zumanity. The newly conceived production conjures "ecstatic desires, lavish nightmares and bizarre premonitions in a bejeweled cabinet of curiosities that could only be found in one of downtown's last enclaves for bohemian New York style," press notes state.
With renowned puppet designer Basil Twist, Arias with a Twist incorporates Arias' uncanny Billie Holiday-inspired vocals into a production that features a marionette band of musicians, an alien abduction, poisonous snakes, a Busby Berkeley sequence — and a trip to hell.
Twist also directs the production that 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 has penned original songs ("Lately" and "The Jungle of Eden").
Arias with a Twist was developed through HERE Arts Center's Dream Music Puppetry Program, which is now celebrating its tenth year nurturing new puppetry techniques and incorporating new opportunities for puppetry artists through interdisciplinary collaborations. Arias with a Twist will be seen 9 PM Wednesdays-Saturdays, with additional midnight performances on Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday performances are at 8 PM.
Tickets are available by calling (212) 352-3101 or by visiting HERE.
HERE Arts Center is located at 145 Sixth Avenue in Manhattan.