LA-based TAIKOPROJECT performance in Fort Wayne – 4/17/2010

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Press release from the Fort Wayne Dance Collective:

LA-based TAIKOPROJECT drums up excitement with performance in Fort Wayne

(February 16, 2010) Fort Wayne Dance Collective is pleased to announce a 3-day guest artist residency by the internationally-renowned TAIKOPROJECT, a Los Angeles-based drumming group. This residency includes a performance of “(re)generation” April 17, 2010 at 8 pm at the Arts United Center.

LA Weekly said of TAIKOPROJECT, “This ain’t your mama’s taiko, but it may be your hip, younger cousin’s”, and they couldn’t be more right. This company seamlessly blends fast-paced, exciting taiko with storytelling, music, hip-hop choreography, multimedia and dance.

In 2005, TAIKOPROJECT travelled to Japan to represent American taiko at the Tokyo International Taiko Contest. They took home the top prize, becoming the first foreign taiko group to win the contest. Earlier that year, they were featured in Mitsubishi Motor’s national ad campaign, featuring women in their group.

This 8-member company is in Fort Wayne for a three-day residency that includes educational lecture/demonstrations with schoolchildren, workshops for local taiko drummers and taiko enthusiasts, and will even be doing a demonstration during the Cherry Blossom Festival, happening downtown on April 18!

Reserved tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. At the door, tickets are $30. They can be purchased by calling Fort Wayne Dance Collective at 260-424-6574 or by emailing For more information about TAIKOPROJECT and their residency in Fort Wayne, visit

Taiko, which means “big drum” in Japanese, is a drumming and movement art form from ancient Japan. In taiko, the movement is as important as the rhythm — drummers play rhythms with sticks using choreographed arm movements while dancing from drum to drum.
Fort Wayne has our very own taiko group! Fort Wayne Taiko has been around since 2001 and has performed at countless local festivals, schools, and other events. See their website at

Drums (at least those used by Fort Wayne Taiko) are made out of 50-gallon bourbon barrels, skinned at both ends in cowhide and played in horizontal, diagonal and vertical positions. Read a history of the drums and see pictures at

This presentation is supported by Arts Midwest, Lincoln Financial Foundation, the Hayner Foundation, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes a great nation deserves great art, with additional contributions from General Mills Foundation, and Land O’Lakes Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Lehman Group, Petroleum Traders, and Tom Herr. Fort Wayne Dance Collective is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is a funded member of Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne.

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