- $15 for one ticket to see Tao: Phoenix Rising (up to $29 value)
- When: Friday, March 28, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Mayo Performing Arts Center
- Seating: section A (orchestra rows U–Z or balcony rows C-E), or section B (orchestra rows AA–FF or balcony rows F–H)
- Door time: 7:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
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Tao: Phoenix Rising
Tao – Performance Excerpt
You’re sitting in a theater when you hear a rumble. Maybe it’s a storm. Maybe not. Maybe the ushers have gone on strike. You listen closer, and realize it’s coming from the stage, like a stampede of horses about to gallop into the audience. You brace yourself for the impact, then realize the sound comes from none of these things. The sound comes from Japanese drums. This is Tao: Phoenix Rising.
Collectively known as Taiko, the varying drums are pounded by musicians clad in flowing garments that show off their athletic physiques. Some of the performers even wear their instruments around their shoulders as they execute militaristic choreography and acrobatics. These physical and musical feats come from the ensemble honing their skills in the mountains of Japan, studying for years to master the ancient art of Japanese drumming.
Mayo Performing Arts Center
The Mayo Performing Arts Center continues its 19th season of entertaining, enriching, and educating Northern New Jersey with a trio of performances. Philadelphia-based sextet Get the Led Out swing their curly manes in unison as they carry forth the torch of Led Zeppelin with a set that stretches across the legendary British group’s career like a pair of eight-legged spandex pants. The Miles Davis Experience picks up the tribute theme as Ambrose Akinmusire sends his trumpet into a tizzy to recapture the bebops, blue notes, and syncopations of jazz music through the lens of Davis. The secret to choreographer David Parsons’ rousing success, writes Deborah Jowitt of the Village Voice, is his ability to “cloak … super-fine techniques in a kind of charming ease.” Athletic dancers draw on both skill and sensuality in routines bold enough to make the Macarena look positively elegiac. Built in 1937 as a movie palace, the theater retains its old-fashioned charm as audiences applaud, head-bob, and beatbox along to performances in modern comfort.
Mayo Performing Arts Center
The Mayo Performing Arts Center straddles time. While one foot is planted in the old-fashioned charm of the 1930s movie-palace golden age, the other is firmly in the tech-savvy modern day. Between is a stretch of history that saw the theatre fall into disrepair and then resurrect itself to its star-studded heyday thanks to volunteers. Since its 1994 rebirth, the center has welcomed everyone from the Kirov Orchestra of St. Petersburg to Ringo Starr and Aretha Franklin. But, if the Mayo Center were a tripod, its third foot would certainly reach toward the future—a suite of education studios is onsite to cultivate the next generation of performers.