Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – performance

Basil Twist

Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – performance
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2007, 2018

Since coming to New York more than 20 years ago, Basil Twist has garnered an international reputation as an audacious designer, director, and performer. He creates iconic, visionary puppetry worlds with a remarkable range of style and scope appearing in intimate nightclubs to large orchestra halls.

He is a sought after collaborator for theater, dance, opera, and film. His utterly unique approaches have been recognized with multiple awards and fellowships, critical acclaim and have furthered contemporary artistry and the technical craft of puppetry.

At MacDowell in 2018, Twist worked on an in-progress performative installation: Grandma's Russian Painting, to premiere in the Dorothy B. Williams Theatre at the HERE Arts Center. Research and contemplation during time at MacDowell is now informing the development of the piece as part of the Princeton Atelier.



Basil Twist worked in the Star studio.

Funded by Alpha Chi Omega, a national fraternity founded in 1885, Star Studio — built in 1911–1912 — was the first studio given to the residency by an outside organization. To this day, Alpha Chi sorority pledges learn the story of Star Studio and its role in supporting American arts and letters. Beginning as a nicely proportioned…

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