Posted: March 3, 2017
Lensic Presents Kodo: Dadan on March 23, 2017

The Lensic Presents
Kodo: DADAN 2017

Thundering Taiko Drummers from Japan
Thursday, March 23, at 7:30 pm 


Event:             Kodo: DADAN 2017

When:             Thursday, March 23, 2017, at 7:30 pm

Where:           The Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 West San Francisco Street, Santa Fe

Tickets:          Tickets start at $20. Tickets may be purchased online at TicketsSantaFe.org, by calling 505-988-1234, or by visiting the Lensic box office at 211 W. San Francisco Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501.

Video:             Click here for a preview of DADAN 2017.


Santa Fe, NM— The Lensic proudly presents Kodo—the celebrated masters of Japanese percussion who played a singular role in popularizing modern taiko drumming—and their newest program, DADAN, on March 23, 2017. 

Forging new directions for traditional Japanese drumming, Kodo amazes audiences with their raw athleticism and rhythmic mastery. DADAN (which means Drumming Men in Japanese) was created by Kodo artistic director Tamasaburo Bando, the famed Kabuki actor and one of Japan’s Living National Treasures.

DADAN features a young, all-male ensemble and taiko drums of all shapes and sizes, as well as other forms of percussion. The climax of DADAN features a succession of compelling solos, and with each new drummer’s relentless and rhythmic pounding of the hirado o-daiko (big, low drum), the reverberations build to soul-stirring heights. The solos then crescendo into a round of rousing ensemble pieces, completely immersing the audience in sound. 

More than any other piece in the Kodo repertoire, DADAN simultaneously challenges the limits of each player’s physical, technical, psychological, and spiritual talents. This production is unique among Kodo’s programs in its absence of singing, dancing, flutes, and female performers.

DADAN saw its world premiere in Tokyo in September 2009 and its foreign debut in 2012, with four sold-out performances at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, France. In the U.S., Kodo will perform in Santa Fe, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Las Vegas, and more.   

About Kodo

In Japanese, the word "Kodo" holds a double meaning. It can be translated as "heartbeat," the primal source of all rhythm. If read in a different context however, Kodo can also mean "children of the drum," which reflects the group’s desire to play the drums with the simple heart of a child. Since the group’s debut at the Berlin Festival in 1981, Kodo has given 5,800 performances in 49 countries on five continents (this figure includes 3,900 performances under the "One Earth" banner). The ensemble also participates in a wide range of projects and events, which includes headlining major international festivals, contributing to motion picture soundtracks, and collaborating with a wide variety of global performing arts leaders.

Sado Island, in the Sea of Japan, has been Kodo’s home since 1971. Kodo’s members, staff, and apprentices live in Kodo Village, a 33-acre, self-contained section of the island’s Ogi Peninsula that is isolated from the rest of the island’s residents.  This extraordinary compound is devoted to creativity, education, and exchange.

For more information about Kodo, please visit http://www.kodo.or.jp.

About Tamasaburo Bando

Tamasaburo Bando is a leading Kabuki actor, and the most popular and celebrated onnagata (actor specializing in female roles) currently on stage. His theatrical directing credits include Romeo & Juliet and Kaijin Besso, and he has directed the films Gekashitsu, Yume no Onna, and Tenshu Monogatari. In 2012, Bando became the artistic director of the Kodo ensemble and was recognized as an Important Intangible Cultural Property Holder ("Living National Treasure") in Japan. In 2013 he was decorated with the highest honor––Commander–– of France's Order of Arts and Letters.


Praise for Kodo

“Superlatives don't really exist to convey the primal power and bravura beauty of Kodo.”

—Chicago Tribune


Kodo’s Lensic Sponsors

Kodo’s Lensic performance is generously supported by First National Santa Fe and the Japan Foundation. 


The Lensic Performing Arts Center

The nonprofit Lensic Performing Arts Center owns and maintains a landmark historic theater in the heart of Santa Fe, is the hub for year-round performing arts and culture, and serves the community through affordable programming and groundbreaking educational programs that touch the lives of more than 10,000 students each year. For more information about our presentations and programs, please visit Lensic.org


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