Saturday, February 29

TaikoArts Midwest presents HERbeat: Taiko Women ALL-STARS

Music & Movement Series, Ordway Music Theater

TaikoArts Midwest proposes a simple, ground-breaking idea: bring the best North American and Japanese female taiko artists together for a two-week artist residency to collaborate and create a one-of-a-kind performance. Envisioned as a catalyst to fuel movement towards gender equity in taiko, this project celebrates and puts women center stage in a collaborative, unique performance.


Ordway Pre-Show Extra

The Untold Stories of Women in Taiko

Saturday, February 29, 2020
6:30PM | Target Atrium

Join us one hour before the show for the Ordway Extra for excerpts from the HERbeat film project, the untold stories of women in taiko, with film director Dawn Mikkleson. Taiko drumming has thundered throughout ancient Japanese art and culture, traditionally reserved only for men; now resounding as high art on the contemporary world stage, taiko is both ancient and modern, ever-evolving. The HERbeat film project follows the leading women in taiko from the United States and Japan as they prepare to perform together for the first time, each forging her own path, pursuing art that fuels her soul despite seemingly insurmountable cultural, financial, and personal barriers.


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Community Engagement Spotlight

TaikoArts Midwest’s two-week artist residency will also include workshops and community conversations. Check out more ways to join in the global celebration: