UH Hilo PAC opens 2017-18 season with Shank’s Mare

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Date: Friday, September 15, 2017
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Performing Arts Center (PAC) opens its 2017-2018 season on Wednesday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. with Shank’s Mare, the Yara Arts Group production featuring traditional Japanese kuruma ningyō puppetry.

“The venerable art of Japanese kuruma ningyō (cart puppetry) takes its name from the unique performance style in which a puppeteer sits on a three-wheeled cart,” said PAC Manager Lee Dombroski. “During a performance, the black-clad puppeteers roll about the stage on their carts, steering them by shifting their weight and using their hands and feet to manipulate each puppet’s arms, legs and head.”

Created by Tom Lee and Japanese Master Puppeteer Koryu Nishikawa V, Shank’s Mare tells the story of two wandering travelers whose paths intersect in time and space as they wander up mountains, into snowstorms, and eventually, through time.

The production combines the traditional puppetry with live video projection of miniature sets and an original score performed live on hammered dulcimer, Japanese shamisen and flute, to explore themes of life and death and how tradition is passed on.

Tickets are reserved seating and priced at $25 General, $20 Discount and $12 UH Hilo/Hawaiʻi CC students (with a valid student ID) and children, up to age 17, pre-sale, and $30, $25 and $17 at the door. Tickets are available by calling the UH Hilo Box Office at 932-7490, Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., or by ordering online at artscenter.uhh.hawaii.edu.

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