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NYC Village Halloween Parade Names Zohra, The Giant Spider & Creator Master Puppeteer Basil Twist as Grand Marshal

October 11, 2019
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This year, in celebration of 25 years with New York City’s Annual Village Halloween Parade, Zohra, The Giant Spider and its creator Master Puppeteer Basil Twist will serve as Grand Marshal © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

NEW YORK –This year, in celebration of 25 years with New York City’s Annual Village Halloween Parade, Zohra, The Giant Spider and its creator Master Puppeteer Basil Twist will serve as Grand Marshal. Twist will manipulate his striking Zohra, the giant spider, during the Parade from the iconic Italianate Gothic Clock tower of the Jefferson Market Library.

This year’s parade theme is “Wild Thing” and there is still time to sign up to volunteer and be in the parade and not just a spectator on the sidelines. You can volunteer to animate a Giant Puppet or help Marshall the Parade.

The legendary Village Halloween Parade has entertained the public on Halloween night for the past 45 years, on 6th Avenue North of Spring Street to 16th Street from 7:00pm – 10:30pm. The parade has been attracting millions of people from around the world. It will showcase hundreds of puppets including this year’s grand marshal Zohra, 53 bands spanning all genres of music, dancers, artists and thousands of New Yorkers showcasing their “Wild Thing” costumes of their own creation in the nation’s largest public participatory event in New York City.

Antlers, fur, and nails;
teeth, hooves, and tails.
A jangle of bells, a clattering of bones,
a shuffling of straw.
What separates human from beast?

“As long as civilization has defined what it is to be human, humans have harbored a longing for our wild past. In remote villages throughout Europe, the Wild Man persists, as Carnivalesque processions of Kukuri, Wildermann, Pelzmartel, and Schnappviecher to remind us that we can never quite shed our animal DNA. To prepare for battle, Norsemen once donned “the bear shirt” (literally the “ber-serk”) exchanging the mantle of civilization for the potency of their animal past. More often, though, the Wild Thing affirms life over death, celebrating rites of fertility, safeguarding the herds, or simply reminding us to love life’s most basic and visceral gifts. Like vines creeping from beneath the sidewalk cracks, the Wild Thing persists and pushes through our consciousness where and when he can. Fearsome, ribald, and capricious, the he/she/it rekindles for a moment the mixture of fear, awe, and desire that mirrors our complex relationship to nature itself.

“The VHP has always been a wild place, but this year we explore the wilder-ness and call on our revelers to put on their bear-shirts, don your horns and antlers, your cloaks of fur and straw.

“Official puppeteers will lead the way, summoning a bestiary of towering masked figures inspired by extant wildermann traditions ranging from Sardinia to Siberia. Scarecrow to Green Man to Mud Man!”

Dangling above all the excitement is Zohra, the giant spider.

Twist keeps alive one of the original traditions of the Parade; puppets manipulated from homes and buildings along the Parade route for the excitement of the crowd. Basil Twist began his collaboration with Artistic Director of the Parade, Jeanne Fleming in 1991 when he created a swarm of bats for the 26th Annual Parade. The iconic Zohra, the giant spider, was created by Twist in 1994 for the event and has become a tradition of the parade.

Every 31st of October, parade goers can witness Zohra’s annual appearance. Twist walks the dramatic arachnid, which spans ten feet, through the streets of the west village, up the 149 stairs of this New York landmark to its perch in the tower. She only comes out on Halloween night when she sees the Parade coming up 6th Avenue. This puppet is a visual treat for those participating in the Parade as well as those lined up near the Jefferson Market Library.

Zohra is an indirect Quranic name for girls that means radiant white color. There is also a fascinating historical reference to a woman name Zohra. She was a prisoner at the Jefferson Market which was originally a courthouse with a holding area for prisoners on their way to jail or trial.

Basil Twist, the creator of Zohar, is a New York City based puppeteer has gained an international reputation as an outstanding designer, director and performer. He creates iconic, visionary puppetry with a remarkable range of style and scope. He is best known for his underwater puppet show “Symphonie Fantastique” which focuses on the integration of puppetry with music. In 2010, he created puppetry for the Broadway productions of The Pee-Wee Herman show and the Adams Family. He has received national and regional recognition through numerous awards, including a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, an Obie Award, a Creative Capital Award in the discipline of Performing Arts and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Twist was named a MacArthur genius grant recipient in 2015.

“I am thrilled that after 20 years of Zohra’s participation in the parade, we have the distinguished honor of being named grand marshal” said Basil Twist about this opportunity. “I am proud to bring this art of the past to the present with Zohra at the forefront of the Halloween Day Parade.” (For more information on Master Puppeteer Basil Twist, visit https://www.basiltwist.com/)

For more information on the Parade, visit http://www.halloween-nyc.com. Follow on Facebook: halloweennyc, Twitter NYCHalloween and Instagram @nychalloween.

See photos from 2018 Village Halloween Parade.

 

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45th Annual NYC’s Village Halloween Parade, Themed ‘I Am a Robot’ Introduces VIP Section

October 7, 2018

New York City’s 45th annual Village Halloween Parade is themed , “I AM a Robot” and for the first time will feature a VIP section. © Karen Rubin/ goingplacesfarandnear.com

NEW YORKFor the first time, New York City’s iconic Village Halloween Parade is featuring a VIP section. The 45th Annual parade is themed, “I AM a Robot!”

“Grand Marshal Machine Dazzle will lead the Special VIP Robot Section of the 45th Annual Village Halloween Parade, calling upon Halloween makers and marchers to join in our positronic collective, expressing our inner cyborgs for an evening of robotic revelry.”

Get automated and support the 45th Annual Village Halloween Parade by purchasing an advance ticket for $25 – now available on EventBrite. Ticketholders will avoid lines with access to a secret entry point for early admission, enjoy a special DJ and soundtrack for an In-Parade party, and get the chance to meet other wildly creative Halloween fanatics from New York City and around the world. Robot costumes are required to march in the Special VIP Robot Section.

“We are thrilled to invite the public to join our first ever special VIP section,” stated Jeanne Fleming, Artistic/Producing Director of New York’s Halloween Parade. “With artificial intelligences learning, adapting, interpreting and reacting as humans do, the times we live in can be overwhelming. This traditional and beloved event aspires to bring folks into their creative imagination—celebrating that quality that differentiates us from robots—and by extension make the world a better place. We as New Yorkers and those visiting the Big Apple can come together, affirm our identity, block out the distractions, focus on joy and inhabit the streets of New York LIVE.”

The legendary Village Halloween Parade has entertained the public on Halloween night for the past 44 years, on 6th Avenue North of Spring Street to 16th Street on October 31 from 7 pm – 10:30 pm. The Special VIP Robot Section will line up for the parade at 6 pm at a secret location to be announced closer to the event.

For more information on the Parade, visit https://www.halloween-nyc.com/.

To purchase a ticket for the Special VIP Robot Section, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/i-am-a-robot-tickets-49394794159?ref=ebtnebregn.

 

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NYC Off-Broadway Week: 2-For-1 Tix on Sale for Feb 12-25 Performances

January 29, 2018
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Take advantage of two-for-one tickets at Off-Broadway shows during Off-Broadway Week, February 12 to February 25, 2018 © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization, announced NYC Off-Broadway WeekSM two-for-one tickets are on sale to the public. The popular biannual program now in its ninth year will run February 12 to February 25, 2018, offering visitors and New Yorkers the opportunity to see more than 35 Off-Broadway productions at an excellent value. Participating shows—of which 22 are new to NYC Off-Broadway Week for winter 2018—include critics’ picks, musical revivals, celebrities, family-friendly themes, long-running classics and more. NYC Off-Broadway Week tickets can be purchased now at nycgo.com/off-broadway-week.

“The Off-Broadway theater community truly welcomes all as they continually offer a wide variety of entertaining productions for every audience type,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “We are proud to offer our NYC Off-Broadway Week program, which has featured over 600 Off-Broadway productions to date, and we encourage both visitors and locals alike to discover a new Off-Broadway show this winter at a value and support this welcoming community.”

The 36 shows participating in NYC Off-Broadway Week winter 2018 are:

  • A Letter to Harvey Milk*
  • A Walk With Mr. Heifetz*
  • Addy & Uno*
  • Amy and the Orphans*
  • An Ordinary Muslim*
  • Avenue Q
  • Balls*
  • Blue Man Group
  • Cardinal*
  • Cinderella the Musical*
  • Cruel Intentions: The Musical*
  • Disco Pigs*
  • Drunk Shakespeare
  • El Coronel No Tiene Quién Le Escriba (No One Writes to the Colonel)
  • Fire and Air*
  • Gazillion Bubble Show
  • Good for Otto*
  • In & Of Itself
  • In the Body of the World*
  • Jerry Springer – The Opera*
  • Jersey Boys*
  • Naked Boys Singing!
  • NEWSical The Musical
  • Party Face*
  • Perfect Crime
  • [PORTO]*
  • Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic
  • Red Roses, Green Gold*
  • Relevance*
  • Sistas The Musical
  • STOMP
  • THE Amateurs*
  • The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking
  • The Marvelous Wonderettes
  • The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats*
  • This One’s For The Girls*

*New participants in NYC Off-Broadway Week.

All participating shows are subject to availability. Blackout dates may apply

“The Off-Broadway League is excited to enter into a new year and a new season of NYC Off-Broadway Week with our friends and partners at NYC & Company,” said Adam Hess, President of The Off-Broadway League. “This winter season features 22 new participants along with more than a dozen returning favorites, and we hope this value program entices both regular theatergoers and new audiences to come out and discover the exciting shows that Off-Broadway has to offer.”

NYC Off-Broadway Week is produced by NYC & Company in partnership with The Off-Broadway League. NYC Off-Broadway Week will be promoted through exclusive content on nycgo.com, out-of-home media in the five boroughs, print and digital advertising, commercials running in NYC taxicabs and through social media posts on @nycgo and with hashtag #NYCOffBroadwayWeek.

Since its launch in 2009, over 600 Off-Broadway productions have participated in NYC Off-Broadway Week. The program has also generated over $3 million in revenue through ticket sales, of which over 85,000 have been sold.

New Yorkers and visitors also are encouraged to seek out the ultimate-value week this winter, January 29 through February 4, when three of NYC & Company’s signature programs align: NYC Broadway WeekSM, NYC Restaurant Week® and NYC Must-See WeekSM. Hotel savings are also available as the winter season offers the most attractive hotel rates of the year, particularly on the evening of Super Bowl Sunday (February 4). For all there is to do in NYC this winter, visit nycgo.com/winter.

 

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