"True Magic is like listening to music with your eyes,"- Ben Brantley, The New York Times

A one-of-a-kind under-water marvel combining the magic of puppetry with the powerful suggestions of music, dance and abstract art. Symphonie Fantastique is an intimate show set to the five movements of Hector Berlioz's 19th century classical composition of the same name. The hour-long Symphonie is performed entirely in a specially constructed water tank. The puppeteers manipulate feathers, glitter, plastics, vinyl, mirrors, slides, dyes, blacklight, overhead projections, air bubbles, latex fishing lures to deliver a concert of forms, shapes and moving colors. Symphonie Fantastique premiered at HERE Arts Center in April 1998 and ran for two years.

2017 NEWS

MacArthur Genius Basil Twist’s ‘Symphonie Fantastique’ Sets NYC Reprise



production Credits

Also presented at:

Dodger Stages, New York (2004/2005), Lincoln Center for The Performing Arts - New York (April-May 2003), Ravinia Festival - Chicago (2003), The Tollwood Festival - Munich (2001), ICA - London (2001), The Juste Pour Rire Festival - Montreal (2000), The International Marionette Festival - Charleville (2000), Bard College - New York (2000), The Gunston Arts Center - Washington D.C. (1999), Zeum Theatre - San Francisco (April-July 1999)


1999 Village Voice Obie Awards
1999 UNMIA Citaion of Excellence
1999 Drama Desk Award nomination for Unique Theater Experience