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Performance by the Taiyuan Puppet Theatre Company, Taipei, Taiwan

The East-West Center Arts Program presents four free performances of traditional Taiwanese glove puppet shows accompanied by live music. Limited seating, reserve your tickets online at Eventbrite.

“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

2017 Shakuhachi Festival of the Pacific

December 15-18, 2017
Music Department, University of Hawaii at Manoa and
John A. Burns Hall, East-West Center

This four-day festival will include intensive workshops and lessons in various styles of shakuhachi playing, from traditional, meditation inspired honkyoku solos and sankyoku ensemble pieces, to cutting edge contemporary music. Kinko, Tozan, KSK (Katsuya Yokoyama) and Chikuho Styles will be represented. The festival is for beginners to advanced players, with a special discount and instruments available for absolute beginners.

The Masters’ Concert (7:00 p.m., Dec. 15th, Orvis Auditorium, University of Hawai‘i) will inaugurate the festivities with a performance of outstanding musicians from Japan and around the world. The festival will also feature an academic session presenting the latest in shakuhachi research.

Participation Fees include access to all concerts, workshops, private lessons, and academic sessions.

  • Regular: $350
  • Kama‘aina (local): $300
  • Absolute Beginner: $175

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Guest Teachers (in alphabetical order):

  • Shakuhachi: Christopher Yohmei Blasdel, Steven Taizen Casano, Robert Herr, Yōzan Kaminaga, Riley Lee, Kazushi Matama, Ranzan Mitsui
  • Shamisen/koto: Kikuko Sato

With special guest artist Kenny Endo performing in the Masters’ Concert

Sponsored by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Music Department and the East-West Center Arts Program, with support from the Japan Foundation and the UH Center for Japanese Studies.