Renowned puppet artist Basil Twist returns to HERE with a revival of his 1998 boundary-breaking response to Berlioz’s 1830 'Symphonie Fantastique,' which takes place in the most unlikely of places - a 1,000-gallon water tank. More…
Five unseen puppeteers swirl countless pieces of fabrics, feathers, fishing lures, flashlights, glitter, dyes, plastic, vinyl and bubbles in all shapes and sizes, creating a dream-like world of imagination and surreal storytelling. For the first time in New York, 'Symphonie Fantastique' features live piano accompaniment by Christopher O'Riley.
See it if You want to see a short show, no plot, just beautiful free form underwater puppetry. Perfect for a stoner! Lovely piano accompaniment.
Don't see it if If you expect some sort of plot or if you can’t be satisfied with fairly simple puppets. It’s gorgeous but seems rather small scale to me.
See it if Dreamy performance art. Creative combination of live music and underwater visuals.
Don't see it if Abstract art with no characters or story. I found my attention torn at times between the music & visuals.
See it if the idea of beautiful piano music (Berlioz) accompanied by a lush, colorful visual score of nearly abstract shapes in motion appeals to you.
Don't see it if you need some plot with your theater—there is none here.
See it if you're a fan of Basil Twist & Berlioz's Symphony, want to see a wild concept realized, curious about puppetry used to make abstract images
Don't see it if you are expecting a traditional style puppet show, not a fan of the abstract, not into color and light spectacles or plotless shows
See it if Hypnotic aquatic fantasia of billowing colourful scarves. Live piano accompaniment. Stay after to see how it's done. (60 min.)
Don't see it if Not Basil's best. Didn't like it 20 years ago, still don't. Front loader delicate cycle in darkness; bonus of cramped uncomfortable setting.
See it if You love classical music and would be mesmerized by cool lighting and imaginative, abstract puppetry.
Don't see it if You fall asleep easily (it’s very soothing) or think you’re in for an evening of realistic, theatrical puppetry (it’s fabric in water).
See it if you like unusual setting of music. Sit close so you can see what happens in the tank of water. Nice visual effects.
Don't see it if you like something with a plot. This is music and action in a tank of water.
See it if Fun to watch the 55 min show with shapes moving around w/man playing piano. Take the free backstage tour afterward to see how it's all done!
Don't see it if You don't like walking backstage to spoil the "magic" of how this was done (but this was a really cool tour: line moves quickly!)
See it if Love the idea of looking at colors & fabric swirling in H2O while Berlioz is being played. Some audience members were enchanted. Not me.
Don't see it if Berlioz bores you & don't want to hear a muddled, muffled piano version of same. You want the visuals to bear some semblance to the music.
See it if It's like ballet without dancers—the movement is there, just not the bodies. Visual interpretations of music, small-scale practical effects.
Don't see it if it wasn’t on your radar to begin with, you don’t like contemporary (plotless) ballet, abstract art. Can all be replaced w/ digital effects.
See it if you like performance art and want to experience the masterful underwater puppetry accompanied by terrific piano. Visually stunning.
Don't see it if you're looking for a play or musical, or any type of narrative.
See it if you like puppetry and classical music. Words don't do this show justice, the visuals are so creative.
Don't see it if you expect a story and human like puppets.
See it if love music & visual art even if you usually don't like puppet shows - the puppets here are wonderful fabrics, feathers; stage is a fish tank
Don't see it if if you need dialogue or a story and won't be carried away by just watching the visual display while listening to Berlioz being played live
See it if Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique played assertively on a piano while non-representational puppetry in what appears to be a large aquarium is..
Don't see it if performed for 55 minutes. Couldn't keep my eyes open, but others seemed to love it.
See it if You want to spend an hour letting your imagination go wild...like a real time Fantasia
Don't see it if You don't care for classical music or modern puppetry
See it if You're especially fond of Berlioz and the Symphonie Fantastique's melodramatic roil, and you're familiar with Twist's advanced puppetry.
Don't see it if Romantic piano isn't your taste, however well played, or after an all-nighter; colors and shapes are hypnotic and at times lulling.
See it if You want to hear O’Riley playing Liszt playing Berlioz (the solo piano music is great). You like swirling, luscious, beautiful aesthetics.
Don't see it if You want a plot, meaning, or substance. The craft is impressive, the backstage tour was amazing, but the puppetry is purely eyecandy.
See it if Enjoy the movie Fantasia. You enjoy classical music. Want your perception of puppetry to be altered.
Don't see it if You dislike classical music. Don't care to see Berlioz's original story for the piece discarded entirely.
See it if You want to see an amazing puppet show with a water tank and piano music. The puppetry is great. The music is well played
Don't see it if You need actors, lines and songs.
See it if you are looking for a very unique and different type of show. I would say close your eyes and enjoy the music, but you will miss out..
Don't see it if you are looking for something with words. This is a visual experience.
See it if The music is wonderful and visually it is fascinating. Also, it is 55 minutes long.
Don't see it if You don't care for classical music and must have words to tell a story.