Basil Twist Among 2018 MacDowell Spring Fellows | Playbill

Industry News Basil Twist Among 2018 MacDowell Spring Fellows A number of theatre makers have been offered residencies with the New Hampshire arts organization.
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A number of theatre artists have been awarded winter-spring residencies with The MacDowell Colony, including puppeteer Basil Twist and The Lazour brothers, a musical theatre team made up of siblings Patrick and Daniel Lazour. Fellowships were awarded to 85 artists across multiple artistic disciplines.

The incoming collective of fellows also includes theatre makers Fiona Doyle, Georgina Escobar, Jessica Huang, Casey Llewellyn, Mona Mansour, and Kate Tarker.

Each fellow is given a private studio for a period of up to eight weeks, accommodations, and meals, valued at about $10,000. The residency is an opportunity for fellows to develop work and enjoy multidisciplinary exchange at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire.

As previously announced, Twist’s Symphonie Fantastique, the surreal 1998 creation that sets Hector Berlioz’s 19th century symphony against a visually-arresting display of puppetry staged within a 1,000 gallon water tank, will return to New York this spring to mark the 20th anniversary of its premiere.


Performances will run March 29–July 15 at HERE, where Symphonie Fantastique premiered as the inaugural production of the Soho art incubator’s Dream Music Puppetry Program in spring 1998. It will officially open April 3.

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