New York (NY), Houston (TX)
Yumehina Puppet Company
February 15, 2013 Asia Society (New York, NY)
February 21, 2013 Asia Society Texas Center (Houston, TX)
Master puppeteer Michika Iida of Yumehina Puppet Company led the audience into a world of dreams and fantasies with two stunning solo plays. Nekohime Kugutsu Mai (Cat Princes Dance) is a modern take on Japanese folklore about the long lives of cats and their magic powers to transform themselves. Manjushaka (Equinox Flower), a story about the Spider Lily flower, which only comes out during the Obon season, is a metaphor for the spirits of ancestors seeking solace. Iida’s life-size puppets and masks enact a beautifully mysterious character dance of love, family and guilt. This event was co-organized with Asia Society.
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