- San Jose Taiko
San Jose Taiko
San Jose Taiko (SJT) has been mesmerizing audiences since 1973 with the powerful, spellbinding, and propulsive sounds of the taiko. Inspired by traditional Japanese drumming, SJT performers express the beauty and harmony of the human spirit through the voice of the taiko as they create new dimensions in Asian American movement and music. San Jose Taiko performances are based on a profound respect for each member of the group. All compositions performed by SJT are written or arranged by members of the group. Composing, choreographing, designing and producing costumes and handcrafting of the drums are all part of this holistic process. Through this singleness of mind and spirit, harmony is achieved and the music rings with unity and clarity.
SJT has broadened this historical art form into a style that joins the traditional rhythms of Japanese drumming with other world rhythms, including African, Brazilian, Filipino, Latin, and jazz, bridging many styles, while still resonating with the Asian soul in America. Company members study both traditional and contemporary dance with leading choreographers, producing performances that are theatrical extravaganzas of movement and music.
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We anticipate health and safety protocols to evolve as performances progress. Reservation contacts should expect an email detailing specific protocols for all guests — including students — entering DMPA venues closer to the date of their performance(s).
Throughout the shutdown our team has consulted with state and local leaders as well as monitored CDC guidance to prepare for your safe return to our facilities. Enhancements include: updating our HVAC systems with new filters, adjusting for increased fresh air circulation and adding portable air filtration systems in key areas of the venue.
We want you to feel confident when making reservations for your group. Please be aware of the following considerations when making your reservation:
- Audience capacities for upcoming school performances will typically not allow for physically-distanced seating.
- Des Moines Performing Arts reserves the right to require masks for audience members and staff. Decisions about mask guidelines for each show will take into consideration guidance from the CDC and local health officials, as well as current conditions in Polk and surrounding counties.
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