Artist Projects


Basil Twist

From the Obie Award-winning creator of Symphonie Fantastique comes Dogugaeshi, which was inspired by Japanese puppet theater and blending centuries of tradition with his own inimitable style. Innovative puppet artist Basil Twist had been obsessed with the rarefied and dying tradition of Japanese dogugaeshi stage mechanism technique ever since he saw it in a black-and-white film years ago. With a commission from Japan Society, he was given the opportunity to delve into its rich intricacies. After immersing himself in Japanese Awaji Puppet Theater, the origin of what has come to be known as “bunraku” and a modern practitioner of dogugaeshi, Twist unfolds abstract and modern imagery inspired by Japan. This intimate performance features original shamisen compositions created and performed by authorized master musician Yumiko Tanaka.

Project Updates

  • 2005: Dogugaeshi receives Bessie Award

  • 2007: Dogugaeshi is performed at the Kyoto Performing Arts Center at the Kyoto University of Art and Design in Japan

  • 2007: Dogugaeshi is performed at the Kanazawa 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Japan

  • 2007: Dogugaeshi is performed at the Japan Society for its 100 year anniversary celebration in New York