PETRUSHKA

"Brilliantly imagined, wonderfully expressive, and breathtakingly realized" - New York Magazine

Featuring Igor Stravinsky's Petrushka, Suite for Two Pianos, this original creation spins new magic around the legendary Ballet Russes production of “ Petrouchka”. Twist’s story centers around the tragic love triangle between three magical puppets; the titular tragic clown, the alluring Ballerina and the dashing Moor. They come alive amidst the swirl of a Russian carnival as nine hidden puppeteers combine Czech and Japanese puppetry techniques in a tour de force of puppet wizardry. Stravinsky's score is performed by sisters Julia and Irina Elkina, Russian identical twins, in a two-piano transcription. The duo opens the program with an abstract fantasia of puppetry set to Stravinsky's "Sonata for Two Pianos." Petrushka was commissioned by Great Performers and had its world premiere at Lincoln Center in May 2001

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LINCOLN CENTER PERFORMANCE VIDEO

LIVE PERFORMANCE WITH ORCHESTRA

INTERVIEW WITH BASIL TWIST

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production Credits

Music by Igor Stravinsky. Created and directed by Basil Twist. Pianists, Julia and Irina Elkina; lighting, Andrew Hill; puppet couture, Mr. David; ballet captain, Christopher Williams; technical director, Michael Kerns. Originally Performed by Brian Selznick, Matt Acheson, Kevin Augustine, Erin K Orr, Carol Binion, Chris Green, Marc Petrosino, Lake Simons and Williams. Additional Company members:Kirstin Kammermeyer, Lindsay Abromaitis-Smith, Stefano Brancato, Kate Brehm, Keri Lewis, Jonothon Lyons and Brendan McMahon

Also presented at: Lincoln Center, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington DC, Fort Worth Symphonie, TX, The Ravinia Festival, Chicago, IL (2005), Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Becket - MASS (June 2002), The International Festival of Arts and Ideas - New Haven, CT (June 2002), The Gilmore International Keyboard Festival - Kalamazoo, MI (May 2002), The Walker Arts Center and In the Heart of the Beast Theatre - Minneapolis, MN (March 2001), Zeum Theatre - San Francisco, CA (June 2000)

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