Squonk “Hand to Hand”
Multiple sets on Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11 (Workshop on Friday)
Squonk’s latest free outdoor spectacle is Hand to Hand, a joyous, participatory event that brings audiences together for a humorous, uplifting visual extravaganza.
Propelled by Squonk’s irresistible 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 on stage 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 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 praised the show as “Flamboyant! Dreamy!” (Pittsburgh City Paper) and “Playful! Imaginative! Fun and outlandish!” (Pittsburgh Quarterly).