FANTASQUE, a Hindu-myth inspired dance-puppetry performance set to Rossini music by @danceheginbotham @johnheginbotham and #amytrompetter at @nyuskirball was a unique experience filled with striking imagery, tons of humor and compelling-if-not-always-coherent (to me at least) dance. The audience was filled with kids who were in complete thrall to the magic (and devilish terror) on stage. I was disappointed by some of my fellow adults in the audience who could not tear themselves away from their phones for the hour-long performance. I and kid with me were really looking forward to the "restaurant where the customers are tuxedo-wearing fish" promised in the marketing materials, but who have apparently been sadly cut from the show. Puppeteer Amy Trumpetter held a "meet the puppets" talk back with the kids after and said the show has changed a lot since its premiere at Bard 2 years ago. Was really impressed by her conversation with the kids. She and the puppeteers did not condescend and were incredibly engaging. She ended her talk back encouraging the kids in the audience to create art, use their voices, and to not be held back by the economics. Even her epic puppets are made from scraps of newspaper and corn starch Papier-mâché, and puppets can speak truth to power in ways people cannot. Inspiring words for the adult artists in the audience as well.