This performance is part of the Krannert Center Youth Series, school-day performances for public, private, and home schools, grades PreK-12.
The performers who take the stage for TAO are highly trained athletes and highly expressive artists. TAO’s modern, high-energy performances showcasing the ancient art of Japanese drumming have transfixed audiences worldwide. Combining ultra-physical, large-scale drumming with contemporary costumes, dynamic choreography, and innovative visuals, the performers of TAO: Drum Heart create an unforgettable production. Established in Japan’s Aichi region in 1995, TAO’s creative production center is now on Kyushu Island, site of the legendary Aso Kuju National Park.
Please note: Drums are loud. We will make efforts to control the decibel levels during this performance, and have earplugs available for any patrons who request them.
Connects to Illinois Learning Standards in Fine Arts, Social/Emotional Learning, Social Sciences, and Science.
Recommended for grades 4-12
Performance length: 60 minutes
Campaign for Young Audiences
- Phyllis & Kyle Robeson, Lead Sponsors
- In Memory of Mary Ellen Wonderlin
- Susan & Michael Haney
- Gertrude Brokaw McCloy Endowment
- Dr. Donna Murray Tiedge & Robert Tiedge
- WCIA 3
Youth Series Programming
- Ann H. Bender Youth Series Endowment
- Leslie & Gary Mason
- Brenda & Stephen Pacey
- Jill & James Quisenberry
- Prudence & Bernard Spodek
- The Susan Sargeant McDonald Endowed Fund for Youth Programming (Suzi was the founder/developer of the Krannert Center Youth Series)
- Anne & David Sharpe in Memory of Charles R. & Valeria Novak Taylor
- UpClose Marketing & Printing
- Illinois Arts Council
- National Endowment for the Arts
Krannert Center thanks our Youth Series sponsors—performances at the Center could not happen without their support. We hope you will consider joining them, to ensure Krannert Center’s vibrancy now and for generations to come. Learn more about supporting the Youth Series »