Basil Twist Christopher O'Riley, piano
Thursday, March 29 - 8:00 pm Friday, March 30 - 8:00 pm Saturday, March 31 - 2:00 pm Saturday, March 31 - 8:00 pm Kogod Theatre Puppeteer Basil Twist and pianist Christopher O'Riley perform a specially arranged version of Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, re-imagined as a bewitching underwater marvel combining puppetry with the powerful insinuations of music, dance and abstract art.
Third-generation puppeteer Twist has called puppetry "a very simple form of magic." Set to the five movements of Hector Berlioz's symphonic masterpiece, the abstract hour-long work is performed entirely in a specially constructed 1,000-gallon water tank, using mirrors, slides, dyes, blacklight, overhead projections, air bubbles, latex fishing lures and other materials.
This performance is sponsored in part by the generous support of The Gazette & The Star, the Henson Endowment for Performing Arts, and by a gift from Barbara and Charles Reiher. Learn more about Jim Henson's legacy at the University of Maryland through UMD's Dance and Theatre Subject Specialist Librarian Leahkim Gannett's Puppetry In the Libraries Libguide.
Explore the music and magic of this performance and learn more about Hector Berlioz, Basil Twist, and Christopher O'Riley in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library:
Hector Berlioz - Symphony Fantastique
Books: Explore critical commentary and analysis of this masterwork as well as biographies and personal memoirs that shed light on the life and works of Hector Berlioz
Recordings: enjoy traditional recordings by Leonard Bernstein with the New York Philharmonic, Michael Tilson Thomas and The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, as well as fun transcriptions for band, piano, and percussion ensemble of this timeless piece
Basil Twist and Christopher O'Riley
Basil Twist - Film
Christopher O'Riley - Recordings
Christopher O'Riley - Film
Puppetry History and Aesthetics: Books and essays on the history and aesthetics of puppetry, including information on the life and works of UM alum Jim Henson
Puppetry Manipulation and Craft: Learn how to build and manipulate puppets, and to write for puppet theater. These resources held in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library can show you how!
Film: Featuring information on Jim Henson and the making of the Muppet Show, as well as on puppet traditions from around the world, these films are held in the Non-Print Media collection of the Hornbake Library
World Puppetry Traditions: Learn more about puppetry traditions from around the world, including India, China, Japan, the Pacific islands, and Ireland