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October 01, 2014

White Light Festival 2014: The Rite of Spring with Basil Twist, October 15-18

White Light Festival

White Light Festival 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Friday, October 17, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 2:00 and 7:30 pm

Rose Theater, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street

The Rite of Spring (N.Y. Premiere production)

Basil Twist, director and designer

Orchestra of St. Luke’s

Jayce Ogren, conductor

Ayumu Poe Saegusa, lighting design

Greg Meeh, special effects design

Daniel Brodie, projection design

Lynne Buckson, costume and textile design

Stravinsky: Feu d’artifice (“Fireworks”), Op. 4

Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite

Stravinsky (orch. McPhee): The Rite of Spring

There will be a pre-performance discussion with Basil Twist on Friday, October 17 at 6:15 pm at the Irene Diamond Education Center in Frederick P. Rose Hall.

Commissioned by Carolina Performing Arts at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Basil Twist’s The Rite of Spring is a full-length orchestral program that places abstract puppetry—here, kinetic fabric and smoke sculptures—in the leading role of what Twist calls “a ballet without dancers.” The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, conducted by Jayce Ogren, will provide the music. Also to be staged are Twist’s new versions of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella and Fireworks. A matinee performance will take place on Saturday, October 18.

With The Rite of Spring, Basil Twist, a third-generation puppeteer and the sole American graduate from the esteemed École Supérieure Nationale des Arts de la Marionnette in France, will mark his fourth production on a Lincoln Center stage. His 2005 work, La Bella Dormente Nel Bosco, a co-commission by the Lincoln Center Festival and Spoleto Festival USA, was hailed as “ingenious and enchanting” by The New York Times. His 2001 Lincoln Center-commissioned work, Petrushka, also a representation of a Stravinsky ballet, and his highly acclaimed Symphonie Fantastique (2003) were presented by Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series.


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