Shank’s Mare on Tour!

SHANK’S MARE U.S. Tour 2017

“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.”

 Helen Shaw, TIME OUT NY

Yara Arts Group is excited to announce the 2017 Spring US tour of Shank’s Mare, a collaborative puppet performance by American puppet artist Tom Lee and Japanese traditional puppeteer Koryu Nishikawa V, with the support of the Japan Foundation NY.  This beautiful and detailed production combines Japanese traditional puppetry, live video projection of miniature sets and a haunting score on hammered dulcimer and Japanese shamisen and flute.  After a sold-out premiere in New York in 2015, Shank’s Mare toured to Hachioji Icho Hall and the Iida Puppet Festa in Japan in 2016.

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Thu, March 30, 2017  7:30 pm

Atlanta Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta, GA

Sat, April 1 @ 8:00pm & Sun, April 2 @ 7:00 pm, 2017 (traditional puppetry program only)

Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI

Fri, April 7 @ 7:00 pm & Sat, April 8 @ 2:00 pm, 2017

Asia Society Texas Center, Houston, TX

Thu & Fri, April 13 & 14, 2017  @ 8:00 pm

The story is about paths crossing. A medieval astronomer and his assistant track a comet across the heavens; a swordsman turns bandit out of grief. All wander up mountains, into snowstorms and eventually, through time. To the sounds of hammer dulcimer and flute, a golden goddess occasionally sends down emissaries, like the enormous wooden stag who fixes the audience with her black gaze. A complicated model set, filmed and projected as live scenery, turns the small room into a cabinet of wonders… Helen Shaw, TimeOut NY

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SHANK’S MARE Japan Tour 2016

Hachioji Icho Hall, August 3 & 4, 2016

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Iida Puppet Festa, August 6 & 7, 2016

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2016年 8月7日 1:00 pm August 7, 2016 1:00 pm

飯田市公民館ホール 長野県飯田市吾妻町139番地 Iida Kominkan Hall 139 Agatsuma-cho Iida City, Nagano. Zip 395-0085

*Supported by a USArtists International travel grant, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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“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.”

TIME OUT NY, November 11,2015

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SHANK’S MARE Premiere New York 2015

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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.  A workshop production at Sarah Lawrence College in April 2014 was followed by a World Premiere at La MaMa in 2015 and tour to Japan.

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SHANK’S MARE 2014 Workshop – Sarah Lawrence College

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Shank’s Mare – from left: Hye Young Chyun, Josh Rice, Gabrielle Schutz, Niva Alush, CB Goodman

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Shank’s Mare – Koryu Nishikawa V

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Shank’s Mare – from left: Josh Rice, CB Goodman, Sarah Plotkin

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Shank’s Mare – from left: Koryu Nishikawa V, Josh Rice & Robyn Ralli

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Shank’s Mare – from left: Josh Rice and Sarah Plotkin

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Shank’s Mare – from left: CB Goodman, Sarah Plotkin (obscured), Robyn Ralli

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Shank’s Mare – from left: CB Goodman,  Sarah Plotkin & Koryu Nishikawa V

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Shank’s Mare – Chris Carcione with live feed environment