UH Hilo Theatre announces new season

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Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2002
Contact: Larry Joseph, (808) 933-0881

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawai'i at Hilo announces a full season of Theatre events for the 2002-2003 school year after being intermittently closed nearly three years for Theatre renovation.

Opening the season on Sunday, September 29 at 7:30 pm will be the Japanese traditional performing arts tour of Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo and Shinnai.
Sponsored in part by the Japan Foundation, the program features the puppetry of the Koryu Nishikawa troupe accompanied by the singing and shamisen playing of Shinnai Master Wakasanojo, who has been designated a Japanese National Living Treasure. Shinnai is fundamentally a storytelling art most often used to tell the stories for puppet performances. The Kuryuma Ningyo puppets are very large (nearly 5 feet tall) and very expressive.

On Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 pm, the Theatre is presenting a collaboration of San Jose Taiko and Japan's Hanayui entitled "Himawari (Sunflower)." The presentation premieres the union of six women artists in a unique collaboration where cultural boundaries and aesthetic sensibilities are shared and tested. The six women include three members of the San Jose Taiko group and three members of Hanayui who have been creatively exploring their common roots and new offshoots of their Japanese ancestry through music and dance with San Jose Taiko coming from the Japanese American community and Hanayui coming from Kodo Village on Sado Island in Japan. Big Island audiences will remember the spectacular Hilo performances by the now world-famous KODO drummers presented at UH Hilo several years ago.

Playing November 15 through November 23 will be the UH Hilo Drama production of Ed Sakamoto's "Stew Rice." The play centers on six local high school kids who go their different ways after graduation--some to the mainland and some remaining in Hawai'i. The six characters are reunited after 20 years. Poignant and funny, this two-act comedy examines what happens to friendship when time and distance have their way - and what happens when someone moves away and can no longer relate to "home" in the same way.

Double Grammy Award winning Bela Fleck and the Flecktones are in concert on Wednesday, December 11 at 7:30 pm. Bela Fleck is already the world's
most famous banjo player. When his band, the Flecktones, mix bluegrass, funk, fusion jazz, and space-age electronics, Fleck becomes the world's most innovative banjo player, and maybe the most emotionally expressive as well. The Flecktones feature equally talented and respected musicians Victor Lemonte Wooten, Future Man, and Jeff Coffin.

On January 18, 2003 at 7:30 pm the highly original group Imago will be returning to the Theatre with their new production "Frogz." Blending ingenious masks, creative costumes, and astounding invention, Imago Theatre creates a living world of animation in "Frogz." Larvae cavort with acrobatic


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