Showcasing the ancient art of Japanese drumming, TAO combines traditional songs and modern compositions for high-energy, physically demanding performances. Its current production, “Drum Heart,” is intricately choreographed to visually convey a narrative through beautifully designed costumes and stage lighting, all set to precise taiko percussion. Essentially double-trained as athletes, the musicians incorporate elements of martial arts into their movements. After being invited to the Vancouver Olympics in 2010, TAO embarked on its first North American tour, selling out 50 shows in 44 cities. Since its formation in 1993, the group has performed in front of over 7 million spectators in 500 cities across 24 countries.
The troupe showcase the ancient art of Japanese drumming with contemporary costumes, choreography and visuals. See Calendar Pick on p. 14.