Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery
Excitingly varied, marvelously theatrical, fascinating from start to finish, with moments of vivid physical excitement, Kodo is a group of dancers and drummers from Japan who explore the limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese “taiko” drum. Kodo is forging new directions for a vibrant musical and theatrical art form, and since the group’s debut at the Berlin Festival in 1981, Kodo has given over 3,700 performances on five continents. They spend about a third of the year overseas, a third touring in Japan and a third rehearsing and preparing new material in their home on Sado Island. Of the “Mystery” program that will be performed in Savannah, Artistic Director Tamasaburo Bando remarks, “This time, I created this piece with the idea that theatre-goers would experience the mood of mystery that they meet at a temple or a shrine, or when you go into the forest—places that are removed from daily life. A feeling that emerges from deep darkness. At the end of the show, I’ll be happy if they leave with a sense of purification.” Audiences can expect a visual and aural delight at Kodo’s SMF debut!