July 15, 2023
One of the year’s most engaging and captivating documentaries.
Ordway programming inside out in Rice Park
As part of an ongoing commitment to enhance access to artistic programming, the Arts Partnership will present Ordway Inside Out featuring a free outdoor screening of the documentary Finding Her Beat. Buoyed by dynamic drum performances and do-or-die spirit, Finding Her Beat is an energizing and uplifting story of music, cultural expression, and sisterhood.
This award-winning documentary was filmed at the Ordway and other Twin Cities locations. Since its release, it has been featured at film festivals around the world. The evening will kick off with a special Taiko drumming performance by Enso Daiko, followed by the film.
Grab some food and a drink and stake out your spot for this free, un-ticketed event. Be sure to bring a chair or a blanket to sit on.
In case of inclement weather, this event will be rescheduled for Sunday, July 16 at 7:00 PM.
About Finding Her Beat
For thousands of years women have been locked out of Taiko drumming. Not anymore.
In the midst of a frozen Minnesota winter, a Japanese drum master and Korean adoptee from North Dakota join forces to assemble the world’s best Taiko drummers in a bold effort to claim a cultural spotlight that has historically been reserved only for men.
Their rhythm revolution includes rock stars from the world of Taiko: Tiffany Tamaribuchi, Kaoly Asano, Chieko Kojima, Megan Chao-Smith, and Jennifer Weir.
Through grueling rehearsals, Jennifer weaves together their disparate voices and styles. Vulnerability, pain, and joys are shared—and we quickly see the bonds of friendship form as these talented women navigate their way through differences in culture, age, language, and performing styles.
As the clock ticks toward their first performance, it becomes clear that their story has become much larger than Taiko.
Directed by Dawn Mikkelson & Keri Pickett
Produced by Emergence Pictures & TaikoArts Midwest
Ordway Inside Out utilizes digital technology to dramatically increase access to artistic programming in Saint Paul. Presented by the Arts Partnership in coordination with the Saint Paul Downtown Alliance and Saint Paul Parks Conservancy, it provides audiences with the opportunity to experience free performances from all four organizations, streamed in Rice Park.
Ordway Inside Out is made possible by Bremer Bank, Halvorsen and Blaiser Group, Frauenshuh, Ruth and John Huss, PAK Properties, Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, Bill and Susan Sands, and UnitedHealthcare.