Kodo are not your local matsuri’s Taiko. Their performances are equal parts theater, ritual and block party, with 20-plus performers putting Broadway flair to black-belt precision (and not an ounce of body fat among them, I might add). The stage is in constant flux. Dancers, drummers, traditional instrumentalists and stagehands moving massive drums — some weighing nearly 400 kg. — alter the aural and visual landscape with almost superhuman alacrity. These guys are serious, but never betray how much fun they’re having. Their bonhomie, like the beat, is infectious.
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