San Diego, CA
How is taiko movement created? Do we begin with the rhythm and add movements, or the other way around? This workshop teaches a selection of advanced naname movements plus the concepts that underlie them.
early experiments: form follows function
- efficiency, power, ergonomics as source for form details
- questioning received "aesthetic" decisions ("one should...", "taiko is...")
purpose and movement: the "relevance" spectrum
- Jack Bazaar and bachi paths defined by the drum
- defense of the strike (movements that disregard the strike details as cheesy)
movement improv: from tricks to bits
- systematic practice of arm swing options, paradiddles/alternating strikes, etc
- aligning the bits to the bar (when should things happen?)
arrangement of rhythm and movement
- how do rhythms lead naturally to movement and vice-versa?
- how does one arrange multiple dancers?
- what are the possibilities for using both accompaniment and leading?
- recording policy (copyleft)
The Elbow Revelation
Jack Bazaar demo
- Jack Bazaar performances, study videos, and notation
Copycat: R arm swings
Handtagonism v3 demo
- Handtagonism v3 performance
Clean and close