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February 23, 2012
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Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 4 p.m. 

FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 6, 2012 – “Powerful, dynamic and unique,” says Time Out Chicago about this electrifying and virtuosic Japanese drum ensemble. TAO mesmerized our audience when the group last appeared at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in 2010, and now these incredible drummers return with “The Art of the Drum” on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 4 p.m. In this eagerly anticipated new production, athletic bodies, vibrant costumes, explosive Taiko drumming and innovative choreography all combine to create an awe-inspiring theater experience. “Extraordinarily talented … incomparable muscular zeal.” (Chicago Tribune) This performance is Family Friendly: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12 when accompanied by an adult. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts. HSBC Bank is the 2011-12 Global View Series Sponsor at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts.

Founded in 1993 by Ikuo Fujitaka, who serves as the company’s director, TAO performed exclusively in the southern Kyushu region of Japan until its international breakout appearance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2004. The ensemble has since toured the world, performing to more than four million spectators in 17 countries and 400 cities across the globe, and recently appeared as part of the Cultural Olympiad for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Typically a male-dominated genre, TAO creates a unique allure by showcasing both male and female performers who reside in monastic isolation at a mountain compound in Japan, where they undergo years of rigorous training in Japanese Taiko drumming. In addition to their training on drums, the members of TAO practice a strict exercise regime and meditation to reach the highest level of virtuosity. The drummers of TAO draw on their diverse backgrounds as rock musicians, gymnasts and composers, which results in a fresh, energetic interpretation of this ancient art form.



HSBC Bank is the Global View Series Sponsor

 at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts.


Tickets for TAO are $24, $40, $48. Family Friendly: youth through grade 12, half price when accompanied by an adult. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K.  Visit


About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.


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