SQUONK HAND TO HAND
Saturday September 10 • 2:00pm-2:30pm & 5:00pm-5:30pm
Sunday September 11 • 2:00pm-2:30pm & 4:00pm-4:30pm
Saturday September 10 • 2:30pm-3:00pm & 5:30pm-6:00pm
Sunday September 11 • 2:30pm-3:00pm & 4:30pm-5:00pm
Squonk creates boisterous outdoor spectacles by fusing fantastical visual design, playful staging, and high-energy original music. Witty and whimsical, Squonk’s free performances bring audiences together for a joyful celebration of humankind and our peculiar world. Since their first big show in a Pittsburgh junkyard, Squonk Co-Artistic Directors Jackie Dempsey and Steve O’Hearn have led a group of musicians, artists, designers and other creatives to produce shows with big visual and musical impact. Squonk’s productions have taken them to Off-Broadway, Broadway, America’s Got Talent, Europe, Asia and all over the United States. They have released nine albums, a blend of styles propelled by driving rhythms and hypnotic riffs.
For its 30th anniversary, Squonk takes its show Hand to Hand on a North American tour. In this festive event, Squonk invites audiences on stage to operate two giant purple puppet hands, creating a humorous, uplifting visual extravaganza propelled by Squonk’s rollicking music. The show features two giant purple puppet hands, each the size of a house and rigged like a sailing ship. Squonk invites audience members to power the giant fingers, creating a larger movement and web of connections through their individual dance. During this wild revelry, the thumbs detach to become truly opposable. Two guitarists operate the thumbs while engaging in a musical face-off. Throughout this raucous journey, Squonk’s musicians create melodious madness, a combination of shimmering keyboard, powerful guitars, wild wind synth and propulsive rhythms. Inspired by a desire to to bring people together in a time of isolation and divisiveness, Hand to Hand provides a thrilling moment of unity and community in a safe, public, outdoor space.
Critics have called Squonk “a blazingly unique spectacle” (Time Out New York) and “ingenious, hallucinatory and hypnotic” (The New York Times), and have hailed Hand To Hand as “Flamboyant! Dreamy!” (Pittsburgh City Paper) and “Playful! Imaginative! Fun and outlandish!” (Pittsburgh Quarterly).