2024 Festival Archive: Basil Twist

Basil Twist: Book of Mountains and Seas

January 26-28, 2024

Studebaker Theater

Presented by Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival and Chicago Opera Theater


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View Basil’s presentation above or watch full symposium on Howlround.

Basil Twist at the Ellen Van Volkenburg Symposium

On Saturday, January 27th, Basil Twist was a speaker at The Ellen Van Volkenburg Puppetry Symposium session entitled “Panel 3 – Manipulation.”

The event was presented by the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival and sponsored by UNIMA-USA, moderated by Dr. Paulette Richards, and held online through Howlround.

Panel 3 – Manipulation explores the question: How does the material used to construct the puppet affect the manipulation technique used to animate it? How do the needs of the performance influence the choice of materials and manipulation techniques?

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January 26-28, 2024
Studebaker Theater
410 S. Michigan Ave.

Midwest Premiere

Book of Mountains and Seas examines our modern-day relationship with the natural world. Four fables centered around the creation and destruction of the earth are uniquely told by a company of 12 singers, two percussionists, and six puppeteers with staging by internationally celebrated puppeteer Basil Twist. Huang Ruo’s vibrant and inventive score, which draws inspiration from Chinese folk music, breathes new life into the ancient stories. This is a powerful and extraordinary work that will challenge the way audiences interact with nature and the environment.

Music & Libretto by Huang Ruo
A Beth Morrison Projects Production
Chinese and Invented language with English subtitles

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