Basil Twist’s abstract puppet show set to Berlioz reopened this month off-Broadway at the new Dodger Stages. The production’s fans include Alfonso Cuarón, Tim Burton and David Hockney. Why? There’s nothing else quite like it. Twist and his team of four puppeteers use cut-out plastic shapes, ribbons and light projections to create a three-dimensional dance in the water that appears computer-generated. “I say they’re puppets because we’re animating them and they come to life,” says Twist, who has worked on the project since 1995. “But they don’t have faces. A typical ‘Symphonie’ puppet is a piece of fabric on a rod.”
Dodger Stages, 340 West 50th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues; Tuesday-Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 7 and 10 p.m.; Sunday, 3 and 7 p.m.; Telecharge: 212-239-6200.
“A Letter to True”
Not everyone thinks about teaching their dogs to seize the day, but Bruce Weber does. His latest film is an essay to his youngest golden retriever about, among other things, living life post–Sept. 11. “It’s a difficult road we’ve all chosen to go,” Weber says. “Life is precious and I want him to savor the happy moments.” The photographer and filmmaker took the canine stars of the movie to a premiere in Miami. They weren’t on their best behavior. “I felt like a parent in a day care center and the kids are eating sugar,” he says, laughing. For as long as he can remember, Weber has been communicating with animals: “I don’t want to sound like Dr. Dolittle, but I’d rather sound like that than like some of our politicians today.”
Film Forum, Houston and Varick Streets; filmforum.org; daily at 1:15, 3, 4:45, 6:30, 8:15 and 10 p.m.
“Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell” by Susanna Clarke