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Drumming and Athletics Weaved Together Through Family Friendly Performance

Jan 26, 2016 07:47AM ● By Erica Shames

TAO: Seventeen Samurai will present a family-friendly performance at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Direct from TAO's successful, sold-out world premiere run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, this brand new production, TAO: Seventeen Samurai, will tour North America in the spring of 2016.

With hundreds of sold-out shows and more than six million spectators, TAO has proven that modern entertainment based on the timeless, traditional art of Japanese drumming continues to entertain international audiences.

Invited to perform at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010, TAO sold out every show on their first North American tour, visiting 44 cities and performing 50 shows throughout the United States.

After playing in over 22 countries and 400 cities, TAO has been the recipient of The 6th Annual Commissioner Award from the Japanese Tourism Agency, as well as being named “Outstanding Cultural Contribution” from Oita Prefecture.

The new show will present athletic bodies and contemporary costumes combined with explosive Taiko drumming and innovative choreography. TAO: Seventeen Samurai has critics raving about TAO's extraordinary precision, energy, and stamina. TAO rewrites the history of traditional Japanese drumming, and yet proudly remains the greatest drum performers in Japan.

Please note that fog effects will be used during this performance.

Junko Koshino, one of Japan's most highly acclaimed fashion designers, started “Contemporary Japan” in 2012 in collaboration with TAO. Junko Koshino’s costumes and TAO's stage performances blend mode style with Japanese tradition and have ushered in a new era in the performing arts world. Through her work, she has transformed Japanese traditional fashion, such as Samurai, Oi-ran and Rinpa, into modern style, receiving high recognition all across Japan.

The Chicago Tribune says, “Extraordinarily talented percussion artists, and seductive, alluring performers.”

Tickets for the performance are $30 for adults, $24 for seniors 62+, $20 for youth 18 and under, $20 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $20 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2). Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 570-577-1000.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.).

For more information about this performance contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or

The next event in the Weis Center’s 2015-16 Series is a classical performance by Mandelring Quartet on Sunday, February 28 at 2 p.m. at the Weis Center.

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, visit or

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