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Basil Twist

Originally from San Francisco, Basil Twist is a third generation puppeteer, who lives and works in New York. He became the only American to graduate from the École Supérieure Nationale des Arts de la Marionnette in Charleville-Mezieres, France, one of the world's premiere puppetry training programs.

Twist's work was first spotlighted in New York. Symphonie Fantastique debuted in 1998 and subsequently toured the US, Canada, France, London and Munich and as a part of Lincoln Center's New Visions series. In the fall of 2004 Symphonie Fantastique received 1999 Drama Desk Nomination, a UNIMA Citation of Excellence, the Henry Hewes Design Award, and an OBIE Award.

Since 1998, Twist has continually expanded the realm of puppetry by creating and touring new works, focusing especially on work integrated with live music. In 2000, Twist's Lincoln Center commissioned Petrushka premiered in New York and toured the US. Upcoming works will be shown in New York and San Francisco.


Basil Twist, puppeteer, workshop


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