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Casting Announced for Basil Twist's Symphonie Fantastique

The 20th-anniversary production will feature several of the show's veterans.

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Basil Twist will bring his Symphonie Fantastique back to New York.
(© David Gordon)

Performer and puppeteer Basil Twist's Symphonie Fantastique will return to New York City for a 20th-anniversary production, March 29-July 15, at HERE. Opening night is scheduled for April 3.

HERE's Dream Music Puppetry Program's production of Symphonie Fantastique returns to its original home at HERE, where the groundbreaking work first premiered in 1998, to celebrate the theater's 25th anniversary season. The show takes place in a 1,000-gallon water tank, in which five unseen puppeteers swirl countless pieces of fabrics, feathers, fishing lures, flashlights, glitter, dyes, plastic, vinyl, and bubbles in all shapes and sizes, creating a dreamlike world of imagination and surrealistic storytelling.

Symphonie Fantastique is set to the 1830 score by composer Hector Berlioz, and this engagement marks the first time in New York City that the work will be performed to live piano accompaniment, using the Franz Liszt piano transcription. At the piano is Christopher O'Riley, who has been a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony.

Casting for the 20th-anniversary production will include Symphonie Fantastique veterans Lake Simons, Andy Gaukel, and Ben Elling, as well as Kate Brehm and Jonothon Lyons.

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