"Ingenious and Enchanting..The marionettes, from bird size to man size, are beautifully made and endlessly fascinating." - The New York Times
"The often-superhuman-seeming human effort on display in productions like Mr. Twist's remains affecting and enchanting as much for it's magical effects as for it's literally hand-made quality" - The Wall Street Journal
Ottorino Respighi originally premiered this delightful work for puppet actors supported by human voices in 1922; Vittorio Podrecca's renowned puppet theater troupe performed it around the world for many years. Lincoln Center Festival and Spoleto USA co-commissioned Twist to breathe fresh life into this Sleeping Beauty. Conductor Neal Goren leads a cast of seven singers, chorus and full orchestra from the pit while Twist's puppets fill the stage with whimsy and surprise. Composed by Ottorino Respighi, Libretto by Gian Bistolfi, Directed by Basil Twist.
"Magical staging, a breathtaking piece of theatrical wizardry, the puppets were bewitchingly characterful....if I had a few million bucks to spare, I'd build Twist a theatre in midtown Manhattan and turn him loose to do whatever he liked in collaboration with whomever he liked" - The Washington Post
World premiere Performed by Carol Binion, Lake Simons, Kevin Taylor, Matthew Acheson, Oliver Dalzell, Jessica Scott, Erin Orr, Deana Headley, Chris Green, Alexander Endy, Eric Wright, and Anne Polznolsky. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. La Bella Dormente Nel Bosco premiered at the Dock Street Theatre at Spoleto USA in Charleston 2005. Also presented at Lincoln Center.
LA BELLA DORMENTE NEL BOSCO