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Artists Series to present internationally acclaimed Cashore Marionettes Feb. 7

January 25, 2012
 Cashore Marionettes
EAU CLAIRE — The Artists Series will present the Cashore Marionettes in a performance of masterworks Feb. 7 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The show, titled "Life in Motion," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium.

Unmatched in artistry, the internationally acclaimed company redefines the art of puppetry. The Cashore Marionettes' moving and humorous performances have been presented in Europe, Asia and across North America, including shows at the Kennedy Center and the Annenberg Center for Communication.

In "Life in Motion," characters of depth, integrity and humanity are portrayed in a series of scenes taken from everyday life. The vignettes are set to music by Vaughan Williams, Strauss, Vivaldi, Copland, Beethoven, Haydn, Wagner, Kevin Volans and other composers, as well as traditional tunes. Through a combination of virtuosic manipulation, humor, pathos, music and poetic insight, the Cashore Marionettes take the audience on a journey that celebrates the richness of life.

"Life in Motion" is a powerful, entertaining, surprising, theatrically satisfying, one-of-a-kind evening for adults and young adults. The performance is not recommended for very young children.

A marionette is a puppet controlled from above by strings. The word "marionette," derived from "Mary," originated in Europe in the Middle Ages when nativity plays were performed using the stringed puppets. In the United States, puppet shows are often considered to be exclusively for children; however, throughout the rest of the world, puppet and marionette plays are classically adult entertainment.

A resident of Colmar, Pa., Joseph Cashore graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor of fine arts degree and has been making marionettes for more than 30 years. He is an accomplished artist as well as a puppeteer, and his talent in sculpture and portraiture is evident in his marionettes. Cashore's wife, Wilma, is the assistant for the Artists Series performance.

Cashore has received numerous awards, including a Pew Charitable Trust Fellowship for performance art and a Henson Foundation Grant, an award intended to help promote puppetry to adult audiences. He has been awarded the highest honor an American puppeteer can receive, a UNIMA Citation of Excellence, "awarded to shows that touch their audiences deeply; that totally engage, enchant and enthrall."

Tickets are $17 for the public, $15 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, or $7 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Tickets for students are half-price, $3.50, until the day of the event. On the day of the event, students must pay the full student-ticket price.

Tickets are available at the Service Center counter in the east lobby of Davies Center and also will be sold at the door.

Patrons also may charge their tickets to Discover, MasterCard or Visa when they purchase online or order by phone. Call 715-836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free 800-949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all online and telephone charge orders.

Funded by the students of UW-Eau Claire, the Artists Series is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the state of Wisconsin. The Artists Series also is funded in part by Visit Eau Claire ... The Unexpected Wisconsin. Wisconsin Public Radio, WHYS Radio and Community Television have contributed generous promotional support.

The Artists Series is administered by the Activities, Involvement, and Leadership office of the University Centers.

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