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OK, so the idea of pairing classical music with mind-bending images isn’t new. But master puppeteer Basil Twist’s underwater puppet show set to Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique makes Fantasia look like a second-rate children’s cartoon. Using a 500-gallon tank, Twist interprets the composer’s “Episodes in the Life of an Artist” with textiles, feathers, glitter, Mylar, and black light to create abstract textures on a submerged stage. The hourlong production completely and deftly illustrates the musical subtleties of Berlioz’s semiautobiographical symphony, even following the composer’s obsessive and unrequited love for his unattainable Harriet, symbolized in the music as a recurring theme and in the puppet show as a single character who tumbles against a constantly shifting backdrop of audiovisual turbulence and calm. I’ve always thought Fantasia is a little hokey, anyway. Symphonie Fantastique opens tonight at 8 p.m. at the Gunston Arts Center’s Theatre II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $15. (703) 228-6960. (Amy Domingues)