"The puppet scenes were minimal, largely silent, and spiked with pauses so well placed that they prompted gratifying streams of association. The vivid dances featured their own sly indirections but without missing a beat. Between the two, a magical atmosphere arose." - Apollinaire Scherr, The Financial Times
Commissioned and Produced by Bard SummerScape, Fantasque is an ebullient and magical pageant created by choreographer John Heginbotham and puppeteer Amy Trompetter. Giant puppets and human dancers join forces to create a fable of a battle of light and darkness, with a fantastical cast of characters featuring giant babies, blue angels, devils, rats, and a restaurant where the customers are tuxedo-wearing fish.
Ottorino Respighi, a contemporary of Giacomo Puccini, adapted a suite of piano works by Giaochino Rossini to create the ballet score La Boutique fantasque. Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes mounted the first production in 1919 with choreography by Léonide Massine and designs by the Fauvist painter André Derain.
Premiere: July 1, 2016
Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College
Fantasque was commissioned by and developed in residence at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, where it received its World Premiere at Bard SummerScape in July 2016.
Fantasque at Bard SummerScape was part of The New York State Presenters Network Presenter-Artist Partnership Project made possible through a regrant from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Puppet and Set Design:
6 dancers, 1 pianist, 6 puppeteers
Photos by Cory Weaver