Basil Twist

Petrushka Play Clip

Known the world over for his astonishingly innovative puppet shows, master puppeteer and Guggenheim Fellow Basil Twist spins new magic around the legendary Ballets Russes production. Set to Stravinsky's classic score, Petrushka tells of a tragic love triangle between the clown Petrushka, the alluring Ballerina, and the dashing Moor, three magical creatures whose stories emerge amidst the swirl of the Russian carnival.

"Brilliantly imagined, wonderfully expressive and breathtakingly realized." - New York Magazine

The program opens with an abstract fantasia of puppetry set to Stravinsky's Sonata for Two Pianos, performed by Russian identical twin pianists, Julia and Irina Elkina. Nine hidden puppeteers combine Czech and Japanese traditions in a tour de force of music, movement, design and storytelling.

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Meet the Puppets

After the following performances, the puppeteers offer a brief Meet the Puppets demonstration:

  • Saturday, November 13 at 2pm and 7:30pm
  • Sunday, November 14 at 1pm and 5pm
  • Saturday, November 20 at 2pm and 7:30pm
  • Sunday, November 21 at 1pm and 5pm

Build-Your-Own Puppet Workshop, following 11/13 2pm performance of Petrushka

In this hands-on workshop led by Puppet Showplace Theatre Artist in Residence Brad Shur, participants will learn how to create their own simple paper moving-mouth puppet and give it personality. Basic concepts of puppet design and manipulation, including focus, breath and lip sync, will be taught and practiced.

The workshop will take place in a rehearsal studio at the Paramount Center, and participants will be directed to the location following the 11/13 2pm performance of Petrushka.

Children under 6 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Please click here to register for the workshop.

Brad Shur is the Artist in Residence at Puppet Showplace Theatre in Brookline, MA. He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and has been designing and performing professionally as a puppeteer for over a decade. He has toured nationally and has built puppets for clients ranging from “American Idol” to “Dollywood.” Brad is an experienced educator for both children and adults, and has taught hundreds of workshops featuring different puppetry styles all across the country.

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NOVEMBER 11, 2010 to NOVEMBER 21, 2011

Paramount Mainstage



Legend, Bring the Family



Running Time:

1 hour