TAO - THE MARTIAL ART OF THE DRUM
THE SENSATION FROM JAPAN! RETURNS TO AUSTRALIAN STAGES
BY POPULAR DEMAND IN JUNE 2008
"Extraordinarily talented percussion artists, and they're seductive, alluring performers"
- Chicago Tribune
"Undoubtedly one of the finest shows on offer - this has to be seen to be believed"
- Edinburgh Evening Tribune
Following the highly-successful and critically-acclaimed sell out world tour, and No.1 box-office smash hit of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Japan's most celebrated and elite company of Martial Arts Drummers, Drum-Tao, will return to Australian stages to premiere their latest awe-inspiring and innovative production entitled "TAO - The Martial Art Of The Drum" in June 2008, proudly presented by Retfar Entertainment.
This production has been seen by over 2.5-Million worldwide, amassing an unsurpassed reputation for their stunningly executed performances. The incomparable quality and pure unadulterated power and spectacle of their work perfectly blends the ancient traditions of Taiko Drumming with the innovative and flawlessly choreographed production values of contemporary Japanese excellence.
TAO - a word that uses the Chinese character for "way" or "road" - was founded in 1993 with the bold goal of creating a brand of wadaiko entertainment that would appeal to audiences worldwide. While a potentially favourable wadaiko boom was emerging in Japan at the time, TAO recognised that this was a mere passing phenomenon that hardly emphasised the importance of real drumming skills. In a brave move, the group decided to first lay their roots in the southern Kyushu region to enable them to steadily build strength and hone their skills until they would be ready to play in front of demanding, international audiences.
Following its astounding success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2004, TAO have toured New Zealand, Israel, The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and the United Kingdom, followed by a second appearance in Edinburgh. TAO are returning to Australia after a sell-out tour in 2006. The time has finally come for TAO the 'worldwide wadaiko entertainment group' to start its engine and live up to its full potential, entertaining audiences around the globe.
Powerful athletic bodies, explosive percussion and timeless rituals are complimented perfectly in this Japanese spectacular featuring unrivalled drumming and martial arts mastery that creates an unforgettable performance. The 10 young drummers beat their huge drums with outstanding precision, vehemence and persistency on their Wadaiko-Drums, which have a circumference of up to 1,70 metres and weighs about 400 kilograms.
The Events Centre is pleased to present 'Drum Tao' Sunday 6th July @ 8:00pm
The Events Centre
BOX OFFICE HOURS
Monday - Friday 8:30am - 6:00pm
Saturday 9:30am - 1:30pm
Box office open 1 hour prior to performance
BOOKINGS - 07 5491 4240
20 Minchinton St,
Caloundra Qld 4551
PO Box 5 Caloundra
Qld 4551 Australia
ph - 07 5491 4240
fax - 07 5491 4944
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