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Kodo Drummers archiveJapanese drumming spectacular. Kodo means both 'heartbeat' and 'children of the drum'. Based in their own village on Sado Island, Kodo seek to preserve the centuries-old ritual of the traditional Japanese taiko, whilst also encouraging artistic exchange and collaboration. Constantly absorbing new influences into their own musical heritage, Kodo's performances are a sublime devotional experience maintaining the very spirit of the drum.

Archive listings for Kodo Drummers

Work type: Concert.

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For their 40th anniversary, they created two works based on their name: "Tsuzumi" takes its name and theme from the drum character, and "Warabe" from the child element. In "Warabe," Kodo looks to its classic repertoire and aesthetics from the ensemble's early days. This production blends simple forms of taiko expression that celebrate the unique sound, resonance, and physicality synonymous with Kodo - forever children of the drum at heart. Come and experience the soul-stirring rhythm of life first hand.
5 Feb 24Barbican Centre, West End :: V371
listing details L080326190

Legacy - T2033504088

14 Feb 20Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry :: V156
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Kodo One Earth Tour 2016: Mystery - T1937611080

35th Anniversary Tour. Making its world debut at the Berlin Festival in 1981, Kodo is based on Sado Island in Niigata, Japan, having given over 5,600 performances in 47 countries worldwide under the theme "One Earth". Spending about a third of the year overseas, a third touring in Japan and a third on Sado Island, Kodo is always on the move, giving performances that transcend borders, genres and time. Kodo returns to Europe in 2016 with another new production, Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery, created by its Artistic Director, famed kabuki actor, and Japanese Living National Treasure, Tamasaburo Bando. Twinning contemporary music and dance based on traditional Japanese arts, the production expresses the Japanese sensation of ?Mystery' defined by a dynamic and elegant taiko drumming performance. Kodo continues to explore limitless possibilities and forge new directions with its unique and vibrant living art-form. The 2016 European Tour is part of Kodo's 35th Anniversary celebrations.
13 Feb 16Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry :: V156
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28 Feb 14Brighton Dome, Brighton :: V655
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21 Oct 10Theatre Royal, Nottingham :: V462
listing details L1448972314
20 Oct 10Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff :: V1984858935
listing details L0936372375
12 Oct 10Music Hall, Aberdeen :: V02053675466
listing details L01456572376
11 Mar 10Anvil Arts, Basingstoke :: V765
listing details L01159890483
5 Mar 10Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry :: V156
listing details L0911530648

Ekkyo: Trans-Border - T306888719

Kodo returns direct from Sado Island, with a performance never seen outside Japan. Ekkyo: Trans-border features premier dancer, Chieko Kojima, alongside fresh dance, vocal and drum compositions. Lavish costumes, huge drums, and Kodo's legendary precision and power deliver an exotic synthesis that explores new territories, and the boundaries between. Part of JAPAN-UK 150, celebrating 150 years of friendship between Japan and the United Kingdom.Performer Chieko Kojima (dancer).
6 Jun 09 to 7 Jun 09Southbank Centre, West End :: V423
listing details L198616838

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Producer Harrison Parrott.
31 Jan 08Anvil Arts, Basingstoke :: V765
listing details L035603896
29 Jan 08Southbank Centre, West End :: V423
listing details L1291255164
20 Feb 06Brighton Dome, Brighton :: V655
listing details L0337681352
18 Feb 06Anvil Arts, Basingstoke :: V765
listing details L01189189260
5 Feb 06ICC Belfast, Belfast :: V1053
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One Earth Tour - T1334366682

16 Nov 01 to 18 Nov 01Barbican Centre, West End :: V371
listing details L1932751547
10 Nov 01Anvil Arts, Basingstoke :: V765
listing details L803366855
7 Nov 01St David's Hall, Cardiff :: V825
listing details L1049689744
5 Nov 01Symphony Hall, Birmingham :: V148
listing details L502378973
4 Nov 01De Montfort Hall, Leicester :: V430
listing details L1148566679

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Japan's inspirational taiko drummers return with a stunning new show.
16 Jun 00Anvil Arts, Basingstoke :: V765
listing details L01224628642
9 Jun 00Theatre Royal, Nottingham :: V462
listing details L01109510289
27 May 00 to 31 May 00Barbican Centre, West End :: V371
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Other listings

6 Mar 10De Montfort Hall, Leicester :: V430
listing details L01798612249
4 Mar 10Brighton Dome, Brighton :: V655
listing details L197506610
13 Jun 00De Montfort Hall, Leicester :: V430
listing details L343914746
12 Aug 98 to 16 Aug 98Southbank Centre, West End :: V423
listing details L909763705
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