A 600-Year Tradition

Emma Robinson, a UH master of fine arts in design student, paints a scenic pine tree backdrop for the play “Power and Folly: Japanese (Kyogen) Satire for the 21st Century.” Historians believe Kyogen is the oldest professional theater style in the world and has depicted a pine tree on stage for 600 years. This painting is held up by a PVC grid in sections no longer than two feet. The grid can be broken down and the painting folded into suit cases for travel to Neighbor Island performances. The final shows in the current production will be in Hilo on July 14-15.

TIME: Tuesday, 3:53 p.m.
LOCATION: UH Manoa, Kennedy Theatre main stage
PHOTOGRAPHER: Kent Nishimura

Categories: Education, Parting Shot