Basil Twist's Symphonie Fantastique to End Off-Broadway Run | Playbill

Classic Arts News Basil Twist's Symphonie Fantastique to End Off-Broadway Run
Basil Twist's underwater puppet spectacle Symphonie Fantastique, set to Berlioz's 1830 composition, has announced it will end its Off-Broadway run at the Dodger Stages complex January 2, 2005.

Performances of the onetime sold-out Off-Broadway hit began anew August 31 and opened September 16 at the 199-seat theatre at Dodger Stages. By the end of its run, the work will have played 18 previews and 124 regular performances.

Crowds filled the tiny 78-seat HERE Arts Center in SoHo to witness the Basil Twist work set in a 500-gallon water tank when it debuted in 1998. In its new run, Symphonie Fantastique is performed in a 1,000 gallon water tank.

The show originally earned Twist an Obie Award, then went on to play in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Montreal, London and Munich. It was also seen as part of Lincoln Center's 2003 Berlioz festival.

A cast of puppeteers : Matthew Acheson, Oliver Dalzell, Sophia Michahelles, Lake Simons and Kevin Taylor : handle fabrics, feathers, vinyl, plastic, dyes, bubbles, flashlights and more to create the underwater ballet that Twist terms his "attempt to explore this question: What would an abstract puppet show be?"

The new run also offered patrons the option to view the production from backstage, gaining a behind-the-scenes look at the magical display. "Since Symphonie started in 1998 : and as people have asked us over and over again, 'How do you do that?' : we've always had the idea to let people watch the show from back stage," creator-director Twist said in a statement. "This is the first time, though, that we've had the time and space to do it. Viewing the show from that perspective, as it is happening in real time, should be a very different experience."

Dodger Stage Holding presents the Tandem Otter Productions work. Dodger Stage Holding : currently represented on Broadway by 42nd Street and Dracula : is comprised of producers Michael David, Robin de Levita, Rocco Landesman, Des McAnuff and Edward Strong.

Twist also created a puppet version of Stravinsky's ballet Petrushka for Lincoln Center in 2001.

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