Kodo: Earth Celebration
Kodo created this performance video just for The Lensic! See the famed taiko drummers performing at outdoor venues all around Japan’s Sado Island for the 2020 Earth Celebration.
The taiko: a traditional Japanese drum with limitless rhythmic possibilities. Kodo’s mission is to explore these possibilities, and in the process forge new directions for a vibrant living art-form. In Japanese, the word “Kodo” holds a double meaning. It can be translated as “heartbeat,” the primal source of all rhythm. Indeed, the great taiko is thought to be reminiscent of a mother’s heartbeat as felt from the womb, and babies are often lulled to sleep by its thunderous vibrations. If read in a different context however, Kodo can also mean “children of the drum,” which reflects the group’s desire to play the drums with the simple heart of a child.
Since the group’s debut at Berliner Festspiele in 1981, Kodo has given over 6,500 performances in 52 countries on five continents. This figure includes 4,000 performances under the “One Earth” banner, a theme that embodies Kodo’s desire to transcend language and cultural boundaries, all while reminding their audiences of the common bonds we all share as human beings. In addition to its theater schedule, Kodo enjoys working with thousands of school children across Japan through its ongoing “School Workshop Performance” tours. The ensemble also participates in a wide range of projects and events, which includes headlining major international festivals, contributing to motion picture soundtracks, and collaborating with a wide variety of global performing arts leaders.
How to Watch
This special Kodo performance will be available for viewing online from April 8 through April 11.
Patrons who have purchased tickets, along with all Lensic members, will receive an email with a link to the online performance at 7 am on Thursday, April 8. Please enjoy at your convenience through midnight on April 11.
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