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A Sea of Puppets: Taiwanese Puppet Theatre

January 20, 9:00am - 10:00am
Chinatown Cultural Plaza, Pavilion and Courtyard, 100 N Beretania St. Honolulu, HI 96813

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!

First Show: 9:00-10:00 am
Second Show: 11:00 am-12:00 noon

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.

The East-West Center promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1960, the Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options.

For over 35 years the EWC Arts Program has enriched the Hawai'i community and beyond through concerts, exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and workshops focusing on arts of the Asia Pacific region, and through cultural and educational outreach by artists and experts skilled in bridging cultures.

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East-West Center Arts Program, Mānoa Campus

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