Annenberg Center Live presented the Igor Stravinsky-Michael Fokine ballet Petrushka, the tale of a puppet come to life, as interpreted by Bessie and Obie Award-winning puppeteer Basil Twist. Twist has garnered popular and critical acclaim for his conception of puppets as doppelgangers for human emotions. His ballets are performed by life-size puppets and are intended for all demographics, from drag queens to grade-school children. In Petrushka, Twist pays homage to one of the landmark ballets of the early 20th century, which brings storybook Russia to the stage. A cohort of Philadelphia puppeteers were engaged in workshops and had the opportunity to visit Twist's studio in New York City, where he demonstrated some of his techniques of puppet construction.
- Collaborators & ColleaguesPatricia Lent
After dancing as a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1984 to 1993, and the White Oak Dance Project from 1994 to 1996, Patricia Lent teaches, stages, and conducts workshops at the Merce Cunningham Trust, where she is a Trustee and Director of Licensing.people-contentpatricia-lent
- GRANTS & GRANTEESMerián Soto
Over her 40-year career in performance, Merián Soto (Pew Fellow, 2015) has focused on investigating the living body and its relationship to consciousness. Her conceptual and process-based pieces work towards, in the artist's words, "a dance of the future, a dance of healing, transformation, and transcendence."people-contentmerian-soto