<i>Shank’s Mare</i>

Photo by Ayumi Sakamoto

This ain’t your granddad’s puppet show. “A lot of people think puppetry is just Bert and Ernie, or The Muppets, or even Avenue Q on Broadway,” says New York-based puppet artist Tom Lee. “But puppetry is a huge tradition throughout the world.” Developed on a retreat in Japan, Shank’s Mare led the American actor-turned-puppet craftsman to working with one of the international authorities on the form, Koryu Nishikawa V. “Once I met this master puppeteer, I didn’t want to just train with him,” Lee says. “I thought: How can we make a show together that might speak to audiences in Japan as well as audiences in America?” The result is a full production mounted using multimedia projections, a live score and the traditional Kuruma Ningyo form of puppet theater. Thursday’s performance, presented under the Performing Asia umbrella of Asia Society Texas Center, caps off the tour’s successful two-year run.

8 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday. 1370 Southmore. For information, call 713-496-9901 or visit asiasociety.org/texas. $15 to $25.

[Organizer's Description:]

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. After a sold-out run in New York and tour to Japan, Asia Society Texas Center welcomes this unique collaboration which won the 2016 Arlyn Award for Outstanding Design in Puppet Theatre. TimeOut NY gave the show five stars and wrote, “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.”
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