There was DRUM TAO performance at Tryon Festival Theatre on Wednesday, March 11. The performers were from Japan, and their impressive performance using “Wadaiko-drums”, Japanese flutes and harps made the performance perfect.
Written by Aejin Shin
The template said, ‘DRUM TAO was awarded several prizes including Outstanding Cultural
Contribution form Oita prefecture’. In addition, in February 2016, their
off-Broadway show in New York ended up with a great success. After watching the
performance, I thought they deserved the awards. They played drums of various
sizes, ranging from small handy ones to big ones which performers can even ride
on. Also, the way the drums were played was brilliant. Standing between the
drums, people played multiple drums of various sizes together. In addition,
their movements were so in sync with each other and well-organized that I felt
it was a masterpiece performance.
Their performance had two distinct factors which
differentiate them from any other performance. The first was that the
performers tried to communicate with the audience. They skillfully bought out
applause and responses from the audience. They put their hands on their ears and
made a listening gesture again and again until the audience gives them back a round
of applause. Also, through catered performance pieces that Americans can relate
such Michael Jackson’s Moonwalk dancing in between performance, the American audience
could relate to the performance more.
Secondly, the performance was full of humors.
With all the lights off, the performers wore fluorescent yellow-colored clothes
and presented techniques that made them looked like one person teleporting
around the stage. It also drew laughter from the audience by making intentional
mistakes and putting in humor elements from time to time.
The performance was a combination of
traditional Japanese instruments and modern choreography. Performers created
performances that can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of one’s age and gender
by utilizing humors and eye-catching performance. I would like to recommend
this performance to everyone!
For those of you reading this blog and don’t know what opera senses are, they are a collection of acts from musical operas. In this show, I had the pleasure of watching twelve students how we’re extremely talented singers and dedicated to putting on a truly spectacular show without any hiccups.
I was fortunate enough to share this experience with one of my best friends from High school. He was so enticed by the performance he agreed to watch another live performance the following day. I wish I was able to take pictures but unfortunately, a lady sitting next to us told us to put our phone away and no pictures were allowed.
I am going to try my best, to describe my favorite scene. In this sense, there were six women all wearing black and were performing various dances while trying to portray being wives of some cruel bozo who divorced three of his wife’s and “beheaded” two of his wife’s. The scene comes to an end when the sixth wife tells the audience how she escaped.
Overall the scenes were short and gave you all types of feeling from a few being funny, sad and cheerful. I truly enjoyed it and it isn’t a bad idea to watch the opera scenes with a date because it was an emotional rollercoaster.
I look forward to watching Chris Botti before the start of it because I’ve always been interested in Jazz music and I heard Chris Botti is a famous Jazz musician playing the trumpet. Every year, I watch a few music performance and I must say I love each of them when I was watching.
When I sat on my seat and started waiting for the show to begin, I started thinking all the performances I watched before and relating them with the show I was about to watch that night. So, basically, I was trying to remember my own experiences with Jazz music. However, the show turned out to be completely different from what I imagined. The Jazz music Chris Botti and his band played was more modern instead of traditional music, and it is exactly where I want to start describing my favorite part of the show. The part that made me feel that the music was more modern was the drummer. He was highly excited and active and there was a part for his single play. Every one was hyped by his performance and he was doing all kinds of tricks with the drummer and making me feel beautiful. Also, I found other people around me start moving their bodies and it seemed like everyone was dancing during a show we’re supposed to sit quietly.
Chris Botti’s interaction with the audience was another point that I noticed. His interaction with the audience was similar with Buddy Guy, because they both walked off the floor and played the instruments. Chris Botti walked towards the audience started moving along the road, and finally stopped by the middle of it. He started playing with himself standing there and making eye contacts with the audience around him. I feel his interactions were hard to ignore and we became even more concentrated when he did that. In addition to the physically interactions, Chris Botti talked a lot to the audience about his stories and the introductions of his band members. Chris’ amusing tone entertained all of us that day and it was one of the reasons that made the show a success.
I enjoyed Chris Botti’s performance, and all the other musicians’ as well. They form a band that perfectly assist each other during the performance with music and movements. All the performances I watched before has a band that played together, but Chris allowed every band members to have their own moments to show their unique personalities.
Chris Botti was an amazing show for me, and I would never forget him, even though I never heard him before. To be honest, it’s probably hard for me to watch his performance again, but I will link the show to my memory and I will never forget him when I think of art in the future.
The art of storytelling through the art of tap dancing
By: Jeffery Berry
The Dorrance Dance was a very intriguing and wonderful performance. These dancers did more than simply tap their feet to music. The dancers of this event put an amazing show which was vividly expressed through the loud applause from the audience. This was one of the best and most grooviest tap dance performances to be shown at KCPA.
Who knew great singing doesn’t always conclude to a great show?
By: Deja Cook- Reynolds
The opera was indeed interesting; all characters had different pitches, volumes and messages behind their voice. I only wish that I could really enjoy it. The visual aid of the English sub-titles was a HUGE distraction to me. Continue reading →