Soul-Stirring, Resounding Kodo
Rousing, Resonant Taiko
Herein Lies the Essence of Kodo
“Michi” means a road or path. This performance is based on the core repertoire that Kodo has upheld for almost half a century, since the days of its antecedent group, Sado no Kuni Ondekoza (1971-81).
Michi focuses on preserving Kodo’s unique “DNA” by drawing on the iconic form found within classic Kodo repertoire and carefully sharing the essence of those traditions with the next generation.
Under the direction of Kodo Ensemble Leader Yuichiro Funabashi, the 2019 season of “Michi” will tour throughout Japan in May, June, and September through December.
Taiko is a simple instrument: if you beat it, it makes a sound. However, the sounds and echoes that resonate from this instrument are intricate and diverse. No two are alike.
Naturally, the sound reflects things like the physique, age, and background of the individual who beats the drum.
So, when people who train everyday to hone their expression through kind of instrument, the sound they create jolts people on instinctive level, beyond the possibilities of any language.“Michi,” centers around the repertoire that we, Kodo, have upheld for almost half a century since the days of our antecedent group, Sado no Kuni Ondekoza.
While preserving some of the classic artistic elements that are “quintessential Kodo,” we will also lay cornerstones for brand new creative activities moving forward.To uphold classics simultaneously means to change, and that requires supple bodies and thinking.
We seek the true essence of the classics we uphold, treasuring the journey along the road as we go back and forth, over and over, between the past and present.This performance is something you can only experience in person, here and now.Soul-stirring, resounding Kodo
Yuichiro Funabashi, Director
Yuichiro Funabashi (Kodo Ensemble Leader)
To include Miyake, Monochrome, O-daiko, Yatai-bayashi, and more.
Photos: Takashi Okamoto
This tour is supported by:
Performing Arts Promotion Subsidiary Aid from Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan
(Theater and Concert Hall Functional Enhancement Promotion Project)
Japan Arts Council
- May 24 (Fri), 2019 Tamashin Risuru Hall (Large Hall) [Tachikawa Civic Hall], Tachikawa, Tokyo
- May 25 (Sat), 2019 Saitama Hall Main Theater, Saitama City
- May 30 (Thu), 2019 Tokyo Electron Hall Miyagi, Sendai, Miyagi
- Jun 1 (Sat), 2019 Oshu City Cultural Hall (Z Hall), Oshu, Iwate
- Jun 2 (Sun), 2019 Akita City Cultural Center Main Hall, Akita City
- Jun 7 (Fri), 2019 Sapporo Cultural Arts Theater hitaru, Sapporo, Hokkaido
- Jun 9 (Sun), 2019 Coach and Four Kushiro Culture Hall, Kushiro, Hokkaido
- Jun 10 (Mon), 2019 Obihiro Civic Cultural Hall, Obihiro, Hokkaido
- Jun 22 (Sat), 2019 - Jun 23 (Sun), 2019 Morinomiya Piloti Hall, Osaka City
- Sep 14 (Sat), 2019 Hanno Civic Hall Main Hall, Hanno, Saitama
- Sep 15 (Sun), 2019 Ecorma Hall, Komae, Tokyo SOLD OUT
- Sep 16 (Mon), 2019 Yokosuka Arts Theater, Yokosuka, Kanagawa
- Sep 20 (Fri), 2019 Aichi Prefectural Art Theater Main Theater, Nagoya, Aichi
- Sep 21 (Sat), 2019 Kuragi Cultural Hall, Matsuzaka, Mie
- Sep 28 (Sat), 2019 Viva Hall, Yabu, Hyogo SOLD OUT
- Sep 29 (Sun), 2019 Settsu City Culture Hall (Kusunoki Hall), Settsu, Osaka SOLD OUT
- Oct 5 (Sat), 2019 Kan-onji Civic Hall, Kan-onji, Kagawa
- Oct 6 (Sun), 2019 Nanyo Bunka Kaikan Main Hall, Uwajima, Ehime
- Oct 10 (Thu), 2019 Arkas Sasebo Main Hall, Sasebo, Nagasaki
- Oct 12 (Sat), 2019 Ueno College Hall, Hiroshima City
- Oct 14 (Mon), 2019 Houzan Hall (Kagoshima Prefectural Culture Center), Kagoshima City
- Oct 16 (Wed), 2019 Uto Civic Hall Main Hall, Uto, Kumamoto
- Oct 18 (Fri), 2019 Makurazaki Shimin Kaikan Main Hall, Makurazaki, Kagoshima SOLD OUT