Sawagi Taiko

Taiko Drumming

BC | Japan
Leap Frog Stage
45 minutes + Q&A

Grades: Grade 2 to Grade 7
Ages: 7 to 12

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About Sawagi Taiko

Sawagi Taiko is the first all-women taiko group in Canada founded in 1990. We are a multi-generational group of women of East Asian and Indigenous heritage, brought together by our shared passion for the Japanese drum. “Sawagi” means “cause a commotion” in Japanese. With thunderous drum beats, stirring vocals, and martial-arts inspired choreography, we share the empowerment and exhilaration we feel through taiko with our diverse audiences. We harness the power of the drum to support feminist and social justice ideals. Our spirit, creativity and respect for one another can be felt both on and off the stage.

Show Quotes:

“Absolutely AMAZING!!! Such a privilege hearing you all play - so very powerful.”  - Audience member, Roberts Creek concert.

"Sawagi Taiko deliver passion and energy with every performance. A festival favourite!"  - Leanne Dunic, Artistic Director, Powell Street Festival.

"Sawagi Taiko is an energy-filled, heart pounding performance that will leave you at the edge of your seat. They are the live version of an emotional roller coaster. They are a must-see."  - Am Johal, Director of SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement.

Audience Experience

Feel and hear the power of the thunderous drums. Experience the joy and energy of the drummers as they're performing.  Sing along when prompted by the drummers.

Performance Times

Thursday May 23 10:30 - 11:15 Q&A
Friday May 24 12:45 - 1:30 Q&A
Saturday May 25 10:45 - 11:30 Q&A

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