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A Sea of Puppets
East-West Center, Imin Center - Jefferson Hall
Honolulu, HI
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A Sea of Puppets
"A Sea of Puppets" is a traditional Taiwanese glove puppet show - including live music - performed on a beautifully carved wooden stage. With amazing skill the puppeteers bring the exquisite puppets with embroidered costumes to life. 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 scholar, and also the clowns and the villains.

The show has been performed in over 30 countries, and provides a fascinating glimpse of one of the most beautiful theatre performances in the world. Powered by the virtuosity of the Taiwanese puppet performers and accompanied by traditional music, the show uses no dialogue and is suitable for all ages. A wonderful experience just before the Chinese New Year!

Saturday, January 25
First show: 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Second show: 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 26
4:00-5:00 p.m.

Imin Center-Jefferson Hall
East-West Center
(Opposite UHM Kennedy Theatre)

General admission: $10
Seniors (60+), military, students (elementary-college with ID): $5

Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door, one hour before show time (cash only).

Seating is general - first come, first served. Doors open 30 minutes before show time. Please allow time for parking on the UH campus, which is $6 on Saturdays, and free on Sundays.

These performances celebrate the opening of the East-West Center Gallery exhibition "A World of Chinese Puppets from the Lin Liu-Hsin Museum, Taiwan" which runs from January 25 - May 4, 2014. Gallery hours on the show days are 12:00-4:00 p.m.; admission is free. More info:  

This project is generously sponsored by the Taiwan Ministry of Culture, Taiwan Academy-Los Angeles, Taipei Economic & Cultural Office-Honolulu & Los Angeles, and Aston Hotels and Resorts.

EWC Arts Programs are supported by the Hawai'i Pacific Rim Society, Jhamandas Watumull Fund, Sidney Stern Memorial Trust, Friends of Hawai'i Charities, Jackie Chan Foundation USA, Sumi Makey, Richard H. Cox, EWC Arts 'Ohana members, and other generous donors.


East-West Center, Imin Center - Jefferson Hall (View)
1777 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96848
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Music > World
Other > Family-Friendly

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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