Free sneak peek of Fantasque, puppet/dance piece, in Kingston

Dancers rehearsing Fantasque (photo by Stephanie Berger)

Dancers rehearsing Fantasque (photo by Stephanie Berger)

“If we can surprise ourselves then there’s already a sense of magic happening,” says Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award-winner John Heginbotham. He’s referring to Fantasque, a new commission for dance and puppetry that marks the initial collaboration between Heginbotham and Rosendale’s Amy Trompetter, longstanding doyenne of the puppet theater world. Set to the music of Ottorino Respighi and Gioachino Rossini, this ballet for all ages will make its official world premiere at Bard College’s SummerScape in July. But thanks to Bard and the Center for Creative Education (CCE), you can catch a special presentation of this work-in-progress on Saturday, June 11 at 2 p.m. at the Andy Murphy Midtown Neighborhood Center at 467 Broadway in Kingston.

Fantasque is a journey. It takes us from an off-kilter world to a joyously balanced world,” says Trompetter. And we get there with the help of mythological characters, created by Trompetter in large puppet forms.

“We are delighted to have the support of Bard’s SummerScape in bringing this preview to Kingston,” says Bryant “Drew” Andrews, executive director of CCE. The preview is free and no reservations are required. At the performance, vouchers for free tickets to the performances at the Fisher Center in July will be distributed. The finished version of Fantasque will be presented at SummerScape on July 1, 2 and 3 in the Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center at Bard.



Fantasque: Work-in Progress Preview, Saturday, June 11, 2 p.m., free, Andy Murphy Midtown Neighborhood Center, 467 Broadway, Kingston;, (845) 438-7664. To get tickets for the finished performances at Bard in July, contact the Fisher Center box office at (845) 758-7900 or visit

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