- The 76th Season of Concerts 2017–2018
- Tamagawa University Dance and Taiko Group
- Taiko drum and dance
April 13 at 12:10
East Building Atrium
Thundering taiko drumming meets traditional Japanese dance as nearly thirty drummers and dancers from Tamagawa University take the stage.
Tamagawa University Dance and Taiko Group is one of the top-ranked taiko groups in Japan at the country's leading performing arts university. The group has been touring the world since 1961, visiting Mexico, England, Greece, Canada, Malaysia, Russia, Indonesia, Africa, and the United States. They have been touring extensively on the East Coast since 2003, including performances at the Kennedy Center, the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC, the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia, and the NBA Halftime Show at the Wachovia Center.
Their amazing performance of high-energy taiko drumming and Japanese folkloric dance has received rave reviews from the New York Times and other media. With a growing number of fans every year, they return to the U.S. with their fifteenth annual East Coast Tour that stretches from Philadelphia to Syracuse, Washington, DC, and New York City.
The group is led by great Kabuki-dance master Isaburoh Hanayagi, who serves as their choreographer and director. He is a professor of performing arts at Tamagawa University in Tokyo, and served as the Cornell Distinguished Visiting Professor of Swarthmore College, 2008–2009. Trained as a Kabuki performer in the Hanayagi School, Isaburoh has choreographed and directed Japanese dance and taiko drumming performances around the world.
Presented in conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival