Japanese drum troupe combines traditional taiko drums and kinetic choreography for a high-energy performance
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YAMATO - The Drummers of Japan
Towering Wadaiko drums crafted from hardwood trees and animal skins echo like a giant’s heartbeat. Smaller, more nimble drums, meanwhile, beat with the ferocity of the laypeople in that giant’s path. But it’s the tension between the two that makes every YAMATO - The Drummers of Japan performance so thrilling. Relying on their drums to sing out the Shin-on, or the pulsing force found within each living being, this troupe focuses on the heartbeat within everyone—from birth to death—and the way every beat fits within the larger rhythm of time. And each high-octane performance combines this focus on rhythm with dancing and complex harmonies to create what the UK’s Times Online calls “…a genuinely theatrical experience, delivered with balletic grace and infectious humour.”
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Lehman Center for the Performing Arts hosts a lot of firsts. From Jose Feliciano to Russian music institutions, many performing artists have never played in the Bronx before they come to the Center. That reality is part of what prompted its founding in the first place three decades ago, in an effort to prove that borough residents didn't have to travel to Manhattan or tunnel inside their television sets to experience diverse, live cultural programming. So far, that's included concerts by luminaries such as Smokey Robinson, Patti LaBelle, and Johnny Mathis in addition to folk dance, ballet, and Latino comedy showcases.