The Broad Stage Presents Basil Twist's Petrushka With Twin Russian Pianists and Nine Puppeteers


Feb 02, 2010, 23:31 ET from The Broad Stage

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Master Puppeteer Basil Twist will make his debut at The Broad Stage in Basil Twist's Petrushka. Set to music from Igor Stravinsky's Petrushka, Twist's Petrushka will be preformed by identical Russian twin pianists, Julia and Irina Elkina and nine puppeteers.  It opens on Thursday, February 4 at 7:30 PM with five additional performances through Sunday, February 7th at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica.

First commissioned by Lincoln Center in 2001, this Petrushka also involves a conceptual sleight of hand. In the ballet, dancers play puppets that come to life. In Mr. Twist's version, puppets play puppets, and when they come to life, they dance. It works perfectly, plunging us directly into the story's imaginative universe. It's a spectacle but a deliberately miniaturized one. The characters, pared down to just three -- the sad, striving Petrushka; the Ballerina he loves; and the Moor she seduces -- inhabit a small black box of a world, circumscribed by a filigreed gilt frame.

Stravinsky's score, with its bright, stop-and-start melodies and dark undercurrents, has been downsized too. Adapted for two pianos, it's played by Julia and Irina Elkina, identical twins whose pianos are neatly fitted together.

Tickets: Range from $45 - $85 and are available online at or by phone, 310.434.3200. Parking is free. The Broad Stage season runs from September 4, 2009 through May 21, 2010.

The Broad Stage is located at 1310 11th Street, Santa Monica, CA  90401

Performance Dates and Times:

Thursday, February 4th – Opening Night, 7:30pm.

Friday, February 5th, 7:30 pm

Saturday, February 6th, 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

Sunday, February 7th, 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

SOURCE The Broad Stage