Basil Twist to Discuss Wonderboy at Joyce SoHo April 6

Classic Arts Features   Basil Twist to Discuss Wonderboy at Joyce SoHo April 6
In preparation for the upcoming New York premiere of Basil Twist and the Joe Goode Performance Group's Wonderboy, Twist will participate in a free Dance Talks event at Joyce SoHo April 6.

The event - scheduled to take place 6 to 8 PM at the downtown venue - will include a conversation between artist and audience, dance videos and movement demonstrations.

Press notes describe Wonderboy: "In this new collaboration with puppeteer Basil Twist, Joe Goode integrates yet another art form into his innovative cross-disciplinary work. The enormous humanity and sensitivity embodied in Twist's magical, funny and unnerving creations attracted Goode to the world of puppetry. With Wonderboy, the choreographer tells the semi-autobiographical tale of a peculiar hero isolated by his gift of sensitivity. Featuring original music by Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi, Wonderboy is a unique blend of disciplines, building on the acclaimed JGPG method of storytelling through text, song and dance."

Dance Talks with Basil Twist will take place on Monday, April 6 from 6 to 8 PM at Joyce SoHo (155 Mercer Street, between Houston and Prince).

Admission is free, however reservations are required, and can be made by calling (646)792-8377. For more information, visit



Basil Twist is a third generation puppeteer who lives and works in New York City. Original creations include The Araneidae Show, Symphonie Fantastique, Petrushka, Master Peter's Puppet Show, Dogugaeshi and La Bella Dormente nel Bosco. Collaborations include Behind The Lid with the late Lee Nagrin, Red Beads with Lee Bruer/Mabou Mines and Carrie with the infamous Theatre Couture. Since 1998, Twist has continually expanded the realm of puppetry by creating and touring new works that integrate live music. He has partnered with such premiere institutions as The Spoleto Festival, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center's Voice and Visions Series, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Japan Society and Gotham Chamber Opera. Taking on his largest opera to date, he premiered a new Hansel and Gretel with The Houston Grand Opera and Atlanta Opera Company in 2006-2007. His work has been recognized with an OBIE Award, three UNIMA Awards for Excellence in Puppetry, two Bessie Awards, a New York Innovative Theatre Award, an American Theatre Wing/Henry Hewes Design Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship and he was an inaugural United States Artists Fellow. Twist is the director of the Dream Music Puppetry Program at HERE in New York where his critically acclaimed Arias with a Twist just completed a seven month sold-out run.

The Joe Goode Performance Group will perform Wonderboy at The Joyce Theater from April 23 _ 26. A free post-performance "Humanities" dialogue follows the Friday performance.

Tickets for these performances are $19; $25; $39 (for Joyce Members $19; $29), and can be arranged by calling JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 or online at

The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street.

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