Crossing art forms and cultures, innovative New York-based puppeteer-theater artist Basil Twist (best known for his off-Broadway sensation Symphony Fantastique) presents a new experimental puppet-theater/live-music work based on a traditional ballet-story in which live performers dance the roles of puppets. Petrushka (A Work-in-Progress) combines elements of ballet, sculpture, theater, Czech black puppetry, and a new fusion of Japanese three-person Bunraku-style puppetry (Sanninzukai). For this piece, Twist collaborates with the Elkina sisters (internationally respected Russian émigré pianists, one of whom now lives in St. Paul), who perform a duo-piano transcription of the powerful Stravinsky score, and a company of nine master puppeteers.
The culmination of a two-week developmental residency in Minneapolis, Petrushka continues an ongoing relationship between Twist and the Walker, which includes the recent collaboration with Lee Breuer on Red Beads in July 1999, a piece co-commissioned and workshopped by the Walker and Red Eye. Workshops, discussions, and school group performances will be offered during the artist's residency. For more information, call In the Heart of the Beast at 612.721.2535. The performance is recommended for ages 10 and older.
PETRUSHKA (A WORK-IN-PROGRESS) IS COPRESENTED WITH IN THE HEART OF THE BEAST PUPPET AND MASK THEATRE AND THE SCHUBERT CLUB, AND WAS CO-COMMISSIONED BY THE WALKER ART CENTER AND LINCOLN CENTER'S NEW VISIONS SERIES. PRESENTED AS PART OF THE WALKER'S SERIES IN ANIMATE OBJECTS: ADVENTURES IN NEW PUPPETRY, MADE POSSIBLE BY THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF TARGET STORES. ADDITIONAL FUNDING PROVIDED BY THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.