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Shank's Mare

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 7:30pm

"You simply won't see better puppetry anywhere nor a tighter braiding of methods old and new nor artists working so confidently at the peak of their craft."-Helen Shaw, TIME OUT NY

Puppeteers performing with traditional Kuruma Ningyo puppet of an old man in Shank's Mare
Shank's Mare;

Created by Tom Lee and Japanese Master Puppeteer Koryu Nishikawa V, Shank’s Mare is the story of two wandering travelers whose paths intersect in time and space. Using traditional Kuruma Ningyo puppetry, video projection and live music, the piece explores themes of life and death and how tradition is passed on.

In the piece a medieval astronomer and his assistant track a comet across the heavens; a swordsman turns bandit out of grief. All wander up mountains, into snowstorms and eventually, through time. To the sounds of hammer dulcimer and flute, a golden goddess occasionally sends down emissaries, like the enormous wooden stag who fixes the audience with her black gaze. A complicated scale model set, filmed and projected as live scenery, turns the stage into a cabinet of wonders.

This project received support from The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts; WESTAF, the Western States Arts Federation; and the National Endowment for the Arts.

To purchase tickets to see Shank's Mare live in concert at the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center, follow our purchase tickets link to the right. Single tickets for this performance will go on sale September 19, 2017.

  • Advance Sales/At the Door General: $25/$30
  • Advance Sales/At the Door Discount: $20/$25
  • Advance Sales/At the Door Children 17 & Under & UHH/HCC Students: $12/$17