Legendary Taiko drummers bring spectacular new tour to Brighton Dome

Taiko Drummers

Taiko Drummers - Credit: Archant

With a breathtaking combination of athletic and electrifying drumming, exquisite musicianship, stunning visuals and pure theatre, Kodo – the legendary taiko drumming ensemble – returns to the UK for the first time since 2010 with their most ambitious production yet: Kodo One Earth Tour 2014: Legend.

Kodo, the legendary Japanese taiko drumming ensemble, will bring their brand new nationwide tour: Kodo One Earth Tour 2014: Legend to Brighton Dome on 28 February 2014 for their most ambitious and theatrical show yet!

Hailing from the remote Japanese Sado Island, Kodo is the first and most influential taiko ensemble in the world, comprising a 26-strong troupe of musicians and dancers who transform centuries-old traditional Japanese ritual and performing arts into exhilarating, contemporary stage shows.

Since its foundation in 1981, Kodo has given nearly 4,000 performances across all five continents, from Croatia to Carnegie Hall and from the Nobel Peace Prize to the Football World Cup. Their unique re-imagining of ancient instruments, traditional music and dance has inspired the likes of Stomp and Cirque du Soleil.

UK audiences have the chance to experience the immense power and sheer spectacle of the Kodo phenomenon as they catapult ancient Japanese culture into the 21st century with a landmark in Kodo’s history: the first UK tour with new Artistic Director, Japanese icon Tamasaburo Bando, an actor and film-maker, world-renowned for his roles in kabuki theatre, the traditional classical Japanese dance-drama.

Tamasaburo has instigated a bold new direction for Kodo: combining the visceral intensity and athleticism of their stunning productions with the controlled, nuanced performances of kabuki.

They both draw on the deep well of traditional Japanese culture, rooted in a long lineage and sense of place (from rituals of harvest celebrations and demon dances to refined theatres and the most delicate of hand motions), combined with absolute discipline and mastery of their art.

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Now their joint labours are coming to the UK in early 2014, with a tour that features several re-envisioned and new pieces guided by Tamasaburo’s distinct aesthetic and experience. In Legend they have created something completely fresh and new: integrating highly-choreographed dance routines and costumes inspired by cultures from all corners of the globe and even music taken from western classical and jazz styles.

Kodo Ensemble Leader, Tomohiro Mitome, says “We have enriched our performances with artistic expressions previously unseen on the Kodo stage, incorporating new costumes and Western instruments.”

One Earth Tour 2014: Legend is an un-missable experience – transporting audiences to the magical culture of Sado Island and bringing this unique and remarkable art form thrillingly to life.