Basil Twist

September 21, 2013
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“[Basil Twist]”…one of the era’s most audacious puppeteers.”

Dogugaeshi is back! Japan Society’s 2003 commission and Bessie Award-winning work by New York puppet artist Basil Twist kicks off this momentous anniversary season. A swirling whirlpool leads into a mystical world, where a white fox acts as your guide through ever-unfolding, infinitely intricate images of ancient and modern Japan. Inspired by a traditional stage mechanism once commonly used in Japanese puppet theater, Twist’s Dogugaeshi is a cross-cultural collaboration with master shamisen player and experimental musician Yumiko Tanaka, whose multi-layered music collage embraces everything from traditional tunes to popular songs.

Running time: 60 minutes
Limit 70 pp per performance; general admission

All performances are now SOLD OUT.

A wait-list for any seats that become available day of will begin one hour before curtain at the Japan Society box office.

Thursday, September 19 performance is followed by a MetLife Meet the Artists Reception.

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This program is supported by The Jim Henson Foundation and Dr. and Mrs. Carl F. Taeusch II.       

Yumiko Tanaka’s travel is funded by The Japan Foundation. Ms. Tanaka’s residency in New York is made possible, in part, by The Globus Family.
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MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception support is provided by MetLife Foundation.


© Richard Termine, courtesy of Tandem Otter Productions

  • Saturday, September 21, 2013
  • 9:30 pm