The Kodo One Earth Tour performance of Mystery is an absolutely unique and original performing arts creation. The second major production by Tamasaburo Bando, Mystery is coming to the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) this March. In reference to the upcoming string of performances throughout North America, the Kodo site states, “We look forward to sharing the wondrous and sacred “mystery” that lies deep within Japanese folk arts.”
If you’re not immediately hooked, there’s plenty more to get you there. At its heart, the Kodo One Earth tour is a performance by a Japanese Taiko drum ensemble. Taiko essentially refers to Japanese drums, but the specific percussion in this show brings a larger than life flair. The essence of the performance is the semicircle of standing, shirtless, barefoot musicians playing massive drums in an aggressive and unified rhythm. The show also mixes in a variety of auxiliary instruments and interpretive dance routines.
With such a visceral and active physical spectacle on stage, attendees are promised a profoundly spiritual experience. Bando elaborates on the Kodo site, describing his inspiration for the production: “I created this piece with the idea that theatre-goers would experience the mood of mystery that they meet at a temple or a shrine, or when you go into the forest- places that are removed from daily life. A feeling that emerges from deep darkness. At the end of the show, I’ll be happy if they leave with a sense of purification.”
The show’s heartfelt ambition is only one of the reasons it could be a worthwhile venture for those spending time in Brooklyn this March. The venue — BAM — is one of the borough’s most dynamic, spearheading a variety of local, national and worldwide arts initiatives in the heart of New York City. The show will take place at the Gilman Opera House, a large and magnificent theatre that serves as BAM’s main performance space.
Kodo One Earth Tour at BAM
March 19-March 21, 2015
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
30 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217