Puppet workshop slated

LIHUE — Experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with a master Japanese artist at eight public libraries statewide.

Join Koryu Nishikawa V, a fifth-generation Master Puppeteer of the Kuruma Ningyo style, for a free workshop in traditional Japanese puppetry from Sept. 15 through 21.

On Kauai, a workshop is set for 5:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at Lihue Public Library.

Kuruma Ningyo is the 160-year-old form of puppetry related to the three-person style of Bunraku. However, in Kuruma Ningyo, a puppet is operated by a single puppeteer sitting on a small wheeled cart.

The puppeteer uses his hands and feet to manipulate the puppet’s arms, legs and head, all while rolling about the stage on the cart.

Assisting Master Nishikawa will be Tom Lee, director, designer, puppet artist, and former Mililani resident, who has appeared in War Horse on Broadway and in Madama Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera.

Participants can get up close to see the beautiful traditional Japanese puppets and watch how they are brought to life through skillful puppetry technique.


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