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Shakespeare Theater Company Welcomes Puppeteer Basil Twist’s Petrushka At The Lansburgh Theatre

Photo credit:onstageboston.comAs part of the Twist Festival DC , the Shakespeare Theater Company (STC)  is welcoming puppeteer Basil Twist’s extraordinary re-imagining of the Ballet Russes production of Petrushka.

The STC will join three local leading arts organizations  in presenting a festival celebrating the world-renowned puppeteer. The festival participants–STC, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and the Clarice Smith Performing  Arts Center at the University of Maryland–will host several original productions  by the puppeteer who has been described as “one of the most ambitious  and imaginative…in contemporary puppetry.”

First commissioned for the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Petrushka premiered  in 2001 and tells the tragic love story of three puppets at a Russian carnival.  Petrushka, the clown, falls in love with the winsome Ballerina at first sight.  The conniving and rich Moor loves the Ballerina as well, and seduces her with  beautiful things. She rejects the earnest advances of Petrushka, who, upset  and lonely, confronts the Moor. Have these puppets come to life, or are they  merely playing out a story being told?Photo credit:bostonlowbrow.com

Reality and magic are woven together by the deft hand of Basil Twist, against  the backdrop of a specially created two-piano version of Stravinsky’s original  ballet score. Nine hidden puppeteers use a combination of Czech and Japanese  techniques to bring the puppets and Basil Twist’s vision to life. The performance  opens with an abstract fantasia of puppetry, set to Stravinsky’s Sonata  for Two Pianos.

WHEN: Mar 16 2012—Mar 25 2012

Lansburgh Theatre
Shakespeare Theater Company
450 7th Street NW
 Washington,   DC 20004

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