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production dates

Milan, Italy
Teatro Lirico
21 - 23 April 1991

Parma, Italy
Teatro Regio
26 April 1991

Milan, Italy
Teatro Smeraldo
11 July 2000

Venice, Italy
Teatro Verde
14 July 2000

Rome, Italy
Ostia Antica
16 July 2000

Rome, Italy
Santa Cecilia
27 February 2002

Naples, Italy
Teatro San Carlo
29 February - 1 March 2002

Florence, Italy
Teatro Verdi
15 May 2009

Reggio Emilia, Italy
Teatro Valli
19 May 2009

Rome, Italy
Auditorium Parco della Musica
23, 25, 26 and 27 May 2009

Milan, Italy
Teatro Arcimboldi
Teatro Arcimboldi

Milan, Italy
Teatro dal Verme
6 & 7 March 2012
KODO 30th Anniversary One Earth Tour 2012 Under the theme 'One Earth,' Kodo brings the sound of the taiko to all corners of the globe as our music and message resonates with myriad cultures and ways of life. Exploring the limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese drum, the taiko, experience the immense power of Kodo.

Since the group's debut at the Berlin Festival in 1981, Kodo has given over 3400 performances on all five continents, spending about a third of the year overseas, a third touring in Japan and a third resting and preparing new material on Sado Island. Celebrating 30 years, Kodo's highly acclaimed One Earth Tour returns to Milan Teatro Dal Verme for two exclusive performances in Italy.

Kodo strives to both preserve and re-interpret traditional Japanese performing arts. Beyond this, members on tours and research trips all over the globe have brought back to Sado a kaleidoscope of world music and experiences which now exerts a strong influence on the group's performances and compositions. Collaborations with other artists and composers extend right across the musical spectrum and Kodo's lack of preconceptions about its music continues to produce startling new fusion and forms.

"Traditional rituals recast as theater, and contemporary thoughts about ancient instruments both figure in Kodo's performance, which includes ancient and modern compositions. Yet with tense, angular postures, with stylized, frozen gestures and, in one playful piece, with animal-like scampering and slithering, Kodo' reminds its audience that, above all, its music is a matter of flesh and blood, wood and stretched skin. Kodo' can raise the roof, but the group can also show extraordinary finesse."
The New York Times

"Throughout, the devil of it is the combination of the discipline of a surgeon's scalpel with the primitive, muscular endurance of a cavalry charge. The speed and dexterity are as impressive as the physical tenacity is breathtaking." Chicago Tribune



Artistic Director Mitsuru Ishizuka

Produced by Kodo
management and production on tour for Italy Change Performing Arts