U.S. Premiere


The directors of PROTOTYPE Festival have made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s tenth anniversary season to January of 2023.

Inspired by the ancient Chinese compilation of early myths of the same title, which was first transcribed in 4th century B.C, these mythological stories have become part of Chinese written and oral history, shifted and reshaped to match contemporary times. Book of Mountains & Seas is a 21st-century adaptation and expansion of four of these tales by composer & librettist Huang Ruo and director/puppetry artist Basil Twist.

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 the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. This production is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Additional commissioning support provided by the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts.

Ticket buyers will receive communication from the festival and its various box offices about ticketing options this week.

Huang Ruo

Basil Twist