Creative Team

Composer & Librettist

HUANG RUO

Director & Production Design

BASIL TWIST

Music Director

PAUL HILLIER

Lighting Design

POE SEGUSA

Featuring

ARS NOVA COPENHAGEN

HUANG RUO

BASIL TWIST

PAUL HILLIER

About

Book of Mountains & Seas is a work of vocal-theatre for 12 singers, two percussionists, and puppets. It is inspired by the ancient Chinese compilation of early myths of the same title, which was first transcribed in 4th century B.C. Over the years, these mythological stories have become part of Chinese written and oral history, shifted and reshaped to match contemporary times. Book of Mountains and Seas is a 21st-century adaptation through the lens of our modern-day relationship with the natural world. The creation stories conjure a sense of respect and awe for the environment and the water stories challenge us to be good stewards of the natural resources we have been given.

Support

This production is dedicated to Stuart Nelson.

Book of Mountains & Seas was commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects, Ars Nova (Copenhagen), Moss Arts Center/ Virginia Tech, Toronto Soundstreams, Koorbiennale, and Hong Kong New Vision Festival, and Linda & Stuart Nelson.

Book of Mountains & Seas is made possible by the Jim Henson Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Press

"one of the world's leading young composers"

The New Yorker

"No theatre artist in New York is showing more poetic force or technical skill than the puppeteer Basil Twist."

The New Yorker

01 / 02

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Book of Mountains & Seas

Royal Danish Opera House

Book of Mountains & Seas

PROTOTYPE at St. Ann's Warehouse, Brooklyn