ARIAS WITH A TWIST
"Eat your heart out, Madonna. The chanteuses who play Madison Square Garden and football stadiums have never experienced the imaginative heights of spectacle with which Basil Twist surrounds Joey Arias." - The New York Times
Created by Joey Arias and Basil Twist
Two national treasures unleash their epic imaginations to conjure a signature magic envelopes Arias's legendary voice, transporting us to unpredictable worlds, channeling ecstatic desires, lavish nightmares and bizarre premonitions in a bejeweled cabinet of curiosities that could only be found in one of downtown's last enclaves for bohemian New York style.
In this deliriously madcap fantasy revue, the soaring song stylings of drag diva Joey Arias are surrounded by an eye-popping theatrical extravaganza conjured by a team of puppeteers directed by the legendary Basil Twist. Celluloid dreams, macabre nightmares and bizarre premonitions take the audience on a breathless ride.
Premiered at The Dorothy B Williams Theater at Here Arts Center in June 2008. Joey Arias and Basil Twist took New Yorkers on an alien abduction, a trip to hell and back again in this musical and visual fantasy.
Mike Gelfand of Kilted Scribe Productions created this video in 2009. The video won three awards, a Telly and two Davey’s.
Extended trailer for the documentary "Arias With A Twist: The Docufantasy." Appeared at 2010 Berlin International Film Festival and the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.
"Eat your heart out, Madonna. The chanteuses who play Madison Square Garden and football stadiums have never experienced the imaginative heights of spectacle with which Basil Twist surrounds Joey Arias." - New York Times
Original cast - Joey Arias, Oliver Dalzell, Randy Ginsburg, Kirsten Kammermeyer, Matt Leabo, Jessica Scott, Lindsay Abromaitis Smith
Original creative team - Co-Created By Basil Twist and Joey Arias, Production Design, Director: Basil Twist, Lighting Designer: Ayumu Saegusa, Sound Designer: Greg Duffin, Projection Designer: Daniel Brodie, Costume Concepts: Thierry Mugler, Musical Arrangements: Eliot Douglass and Jean Houle Francoise, Original Songs: Alex Gifford, Stage Manager: Neelam Vaswani, Producers: Barbara Busackino, Here’s Dream Music Puppetry Program, Tandem Otter Productions, and Johnnie Moore