Posted on February 06, 2017, BY Staff

Chilean puppetry ensemble Silencio Blanco will perform "Chiflón, el silencio del carbon" twice on Friday, Feb. 17, at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.

Translated to "Chiflón, silence of the coal," the performance is part of the yearlong Coal Collections series. It is suggested for ages 10 and above and seating will be on-stage and general admission.

There will be a free pre-performance talk with the creators of the piece on Thursday, Feb. 16 at noon in the Weis Center Atrium Lobby. Professor Fernando Blanco, Spanish, and Silencio Blanco puppeteers will discuss coal mining in Chile and puppetry as a means of storytelling.

Tickets are general admission with on-stage seating only, and are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 62+, $5 for youth 18 and under, $5 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $5 for Bucknell students (limit 2) and $5 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2). Tickets can be purchased online at the Campus Box Office or by calling 570-577-1000.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Silencio Blanco is a collective of mixed media artists based in Santiago, Chile. The members are best known for their hand-built puppets — painted white and constructed from a newspaper base — and for performing without words to original sound scores. They use this montage and detailed portrayals of everyday situations and familiar gestures, from a desire through acting to represent the emotional and expressive human experience.

This tour engagement of Chiflon is made possible by Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information about this performance contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by email.

For more information about the Weis Center visit its website or social media channels on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.



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