Youtheatre 2019-2020 Season | Inspiring Innovation
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Grades PreK to 12th
Study Guide Available Soon
Curriculum Connections: Music, History, Dance, Foreign Language
Themes: Japanese Culture, Rhythm, Movement
The perfect year-ending field trip. An exciting musical, cultural and educational program!
Tsukasa Taiko is one of the largest community taiko drumming programs in the Midwest organized by professionals whose mission is, through training and performing, to preserve, develop, and pass on the traditional authentic concepts of genuine Japanese art as a cultural legacy, to instill appreciation for artistic excellence, and to utilize these concepts in expanding and evolving the taiko (Japanese drum) art form.
The unmistakable sound of Taiko (Japanese drums), once heard only at seasonal festivals and temples in Japan, reaches a new dimension of community arts practice. Tsukasa Taiko is a leading Japanese taiko group based in Chicago/Arlington Heights. It is the largest multi-generational community ensemble in the Midwest performing in traditional and contemporary forms. The ensemble aims to strengthen Japanese American/Asian American communities and to reflect a shared culture through taiko performances infused with contemporary expressions. Experience a wonderful world of taiko drumming, dance and music!
The mission of Tsukasa Taiko at the Japanese American Service Committee (JASC) is to preserve and pass on the traditional concepts of taiko as a cultural legacy and to utilize these concepts in expanding and evolving the taiko form. One of the ways is through educational programming. Tsukasa Taiko has been providing cultural education presentations in the Chicago area public and private schools and universities for over ten years. These programs are designed not only to teach people about taiko, but also to advance their understanding and appreciation of the cultural arts; Japanese classical dance, Japanese chamber music (ozashiki), and theatrical taiko. The cultural education programs are presented by a staff of professional artists, and present performances on taiko, shamisen (three-stringed lute), and shinobue (Japanese flute). All performances and lectures can be bilingual and can be customized to the students’ grade levels, from pre-school through university.