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When most people think of puppets, their minds veer toward Kermit and the gang. But when Basil Twist first debuted Symphonie Fantastique, he established an entirely different magical medium within a medium that already begs the audience to suspend belief: Talking, human-like figures are washed away, and in their place, a bubbling barrage of threads and sheets float, swim, and dance through a 1,000-gallon aquarium with mirrors, lazers, and ink. Set to Hector Berlioz's five-movement piece of the same name, the show features Twist and his team of master puppeteers choreographing objects made of colored fabric, feathers, and Mylar strips—among other materials—to a piano arrangement performed by Christopher O'Riley.

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