Shoso premiered in 2022 as a special work created to celebrate the 10th year of Kodo’s annual concert series in Tokyo’s Asakusa. Directed by Yoshie Abe, this dynamic production received rave reviews from in-person and livestream audiences alike. If you missed it in Asakusa, we have great news: Shoso will return to the stage in late 2023 for a nationwide tour in Japan. This exuberant performance features pieces ranging from classics steeped in Kodo’s history to new offerings created especially for this work. Join us at a theater near you to end 2023 on a high note with Kodo, uplifted by the visceral sound of our taiko music.
Spirits are set to soar
This production approaches tradition and history with fresh creativity.
When you focus on taiko with simplicity, the energy you conjure resonates out.
We live on Sado Island, play taiko, and create sound. Then we set out across the sea, chasing the horizon on our travels. So I wanted to give this work a title that embodied a sense of soaring and running. I coined the word Shoso to combine those actions and capture that energy and velocity.
I hope you’ll come and enjoy it live at a theater near you.
Yoshie Abe, Director
Eiichi Saito, Kenta Nakagome, Yuta Sumiyoshi, Koki Miura, Reo Kitabayashi, Issei Kohira, Masayasu Maeda, Seita Saegusa, Chie Yamawaki, Taiyo Onoda, Shun Takuma, Moe Niiyama, Jumpei Nonaka
*Cast is subject to change.
Photo: Takashi Okamoto
Art Director: Hiroomi Hattori (COM Works)
- Nov 23 (Thu), 2023 Amusement Sado (Main Hall), Sado Island, Niigata
- Nov 26 (Sun), 2023 Osaka Shochikuza Theatre, Osaka City
- Nov 29 (Wed), 2023 Ueno College Hall, Hiroshima City
- Dec 2 (Sat), 2023 Kyoto-fu Chutan Bunka Kaikan, Ayabe, Kyoto
- Dec 3 (Sun), 2023 Kobe Kokusai Hall, Kobe, Hyogo
- Dec 6 (Wed), 2023 Nagoya Citizen’s Auditorium (Village Hall), Nagoya, Aichi
- Dec 9 (Sat), 2023 Maruhon MakiArt Terrace (Main Hall), Ishinomaki, Miyagi
- Dec 10 (Sun), 2023 Ichinoseki Cultural Center (Main Hall), Ichinoseki, Iwate
- Dec 13 (Wed), 2023 Tochigi Prefecture Cultural Center (Main Hall), Utsunomiya, Tochigi
- Dec 16 (Sat), 2023 Tokorozawa Civic Cultural Centre Muse (Marquee Hall), Tokorozawa, Saitama
- Dec 17 (Sun), 2023 Kumagaya Bunka Sozo-kan Sakuramate, Kumagaya, Saitama
- Dec 20 (Wed), 2023 - Dec 24 (Sun), 2023 Bunkyo Civic Hall (Main Hall), Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo