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Teatro Hugo & Ines Will Transform the Ordinary into the Extraordinary on April 10-12 at NCSU

Teatro Hugo & Ines creates a riot of characters composed of knees, feet, hands, and elbows and a handful of props

Teatro Hugo & Ines creates a riot of characters composed of knees, feet, hands, and elbows and a handful of props

N.C. State University Center Stage will present Teatro Hugo & Ines on April 10-12 on in the Titmus Theatre in Frank Thompson Hall. NCSU Center Stage says, “Beloved the world over, Peruvian puppeteers Ines Pasic and Hugo Suarez have been transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary for nearly three decades.”

Also according to NCSU Center Stage:

“With amazing dexterity and delightful creativity, the dynamic duo of Teatro Hugo & Ines combines mime, dance and puppetry to create a riot of characters composed of knees, feet, hands, and elbows and a handful of props. Each performance introduces a parade of memorable beings who, in their brief moments on the scene, play out the poetic moments of daily life.

“Hugo Suarez was born in Lima, Peru; and Ines Pasic is originally from Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Their paths crossed in Italy, where Hugo was performing mime on the streets. Ines, a trained pianist from the Sarajevo Conservatory, began to study pantomime with Hugo and quickly discovered that her dexterity on the keyboard had provided her with tools that would be useful in mime as well as music. Together they founded Teatro Hugo & Ines in 1986 and premiered their first piece, ‘Return to Darkness,’ in 1987.

“The company’s signature production ‘Short Stories’ has been presented by more than 300 international festivals and theatres across the globe – including Japan, USA, Canada, France, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, and Columbia — garnering awards and accolades from audiences and critics alike. The Jim Henson International Festival of Puppet Theater included ‘Short Stories’ in three of its five New York City festivals. Hugo & Ines were seen regularly on episodes of the PBS series ‘Between the Lions’ and on national television in Japan.

“The artists also work independently. Hugo tours regularly in the solo show ‘Body Rhapsody’ and with a group of fellow performers under the name La Santa Rodilla. Ines founded Gaia Teatro in 2003 and has directed three productions for it. Her ‘Worlds of Fingerman’ toured to Europe, Asia, and Canada where it won the MASQUE prize from the Academy of Performing Arts in Quebec for the best foreign production in 2007. Her most recent solo production ‘From the Blue’ won the audience award for Best Show of the FIL 2013 International Festival in Rio de Janeiro.

“Upcoming tours include France and Spain for both ‘From the Blue’ and ‘Body Rhapsody’. This USA tour of ‘Short Stories’ includes engagements with Center Stage at North Carolina State University, the University of Florida, Gainesville, and HERE Performing Arts Center in NYC. Hugo & Ines are also slated to teach as part of the 2015 National Puppetry Conference in June at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Connecticut. Another USA national tour is in formation now for spring of 2016.”

NCSU CENTER STAGE PARENTAL ADVISORY: “Performances by Teatro Hugo & Ines are recommended for age 10 to adult.”

The memorable characters that Teatro Hugo & Ines create act out the poetic moments of daily life

The memorable characters that Teatro Hugo & Ines create act out the poetic moments of daily life

SECOND OPINION: April 6th Durham, NC preview by Sarah Lindenfeld Hall for “Go Ask Mom”:

N.C. State University Center Stage presents TEATRO HUGO & INES at 8 p.m. April 10, 5 and 8 p.m. April 11, and 4 p.m. April 12 in the Titmus Theatre in Frank Thompson Hall, 2241 E. Dunn Ave., Raleigh, North Carolina 27607.

TICKETS: $26 ($5 N.C. State students, $16 non-N.C. State students, and $21 N.C. State faculty/staff). (HALF-PRICE TICKETS: When ordering by telephone or online, use the coupon code HALFPRICE to buy $26 tickets for just $13.)

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NOTE: There will be a FREE puppetry workshop for adults and children 10 years old and above in Titmus Theatre at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 12th. NCSU Center Stage writes, “Hugo and Ines will offer a workshop, sharing elements of mime, puppetry and how they developed the philosophy of their work, along with showing how to build easy figures with the hands and other parts of the body.” As this issue was going to press, NCSU Center Stage announced that all seats for this workshop are taken.


Teatro Hugo & Ines (puppeteers): (official website).


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