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A Sea of Puppets: Taiwanese Puppet Theatre

January 14, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Mānoa Campus, EWC Imin Center, Jefferson Hall, 1777 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 96848

Traditional Taiwanese glove puppet show with live music by Taiyuan Puppet Theatre Company from Taipei, Taiwan

"A Sea of Puppets" returns following popular and acclaimed performances in 2014. This show features traditional Taiwanese glove puppets, including live music, performed on a beautifully carved wooden stage. With amazing skill the puppeteers bring to life exquisite puppets with finely embroidered costumes. They perform not only delicate gestures, but also exciting fighting scenes and acrobatics. The story is a romantic tale in which a young man saves a girl from the hands of a villain (clown character). Audiences will see all the characters of traditional Taiwanese puppet theatre: the young lady, the young man, the scholar, and also the clowns and the villains.

This show has been performed in over 30 countries, and provides a fascinating glimpse of one of the most beautiful theatre traditions in the world. Powered by the virtuosity of the puppeteers and accompanied by traditional music, the show uses no dialogue and is suitable for all ages. A wonderful experience leading into the Lunar New Year!

Saturday, January 13
First show: 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Second show: 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 14
First show: 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Second show: 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Imin Center-Jefferson Hall
East-West Center
(Opposite University of Hawai'i at Manoa Kennedy Theatre)

Admission: Free, pay-what-you-can ($10 suggested)

Seating is general - first come, first served. Doors open 30 minutes before show time. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door, one hour before show time. Please allow time for parking, which is managed by UH Manoa: $6 on Saturdays, and usually free on Sundays.

This project is generously sponsored by the Gary S.H. Lin Fund for the East-West Center Arts Program, Taiwan Ministry of Culture, Barbara B. Smith, and Aqua-Aston Hospitality.

The EWC Arts Program is supported in part by The Hawai'i Pacific Rim Society, Aqua-Aston Hospitality, Friends of Hawai'i Charities, Inc., Barbara B. Smith, Richard H. Cox, Jean E. Rolles, EWC Arts ‘Ohana members, Jackie Chan Foundation USA, The Arthur Goodfriend Intercultural Fund, and other generous donors.


Ticket Information
Free, pay-what-you-can ($10 suggested)

Event Sponsor
East-West Center Arts Program, Mānoa Campus

More Information
(808) 944-7177, http://arts.eastwestcenter.org

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