Taiko drummers Kodo set date for Sage Gateshead

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Energetic taiko drumming ensemble, Kodo, will be raising the roof at Sage Gateshead next year.

They return to the UK for the first time since 2010, with their most ambitious production yet, Kodo One Earth Tour 2014: Legend.

North East audiences have the chance to experience the power and spectacle of the Kodo phenomenon as they catapult ancient Japanese culture into the 21st century.

This will be their first UK tour with new artistic director, Japanese icon Tamasaburo Bando, an actor and film-maker, world-renowned for his roles in kabuki theatre, the traditional classical Japanese dance-drama.

The tour features several re-envisioned and new pieces guided by Tamasaburo’s distinct aesthetic and experience.

The tour integrates highly-choreographed dance routines and costumes inspired by cultures from all corners of the globe and even music taken from classical and jazz styles.

Kodo leader, Tomohiro Mitome, says: “We have enriched our performances with artistic expressions previously unseen on the Kodo stage, incorporating new costumes and Western instruments.” Hailing from the remote Japanese Sado Island, Kodo comprises of a 26-strong troupe of musicians and dancers who transform centuries-old traditional Japanese ritual and performing arts, into contemporary shows.

Since its foundation in 1981, Kodo has given nearly 4,000 performances across all five continents, from war-torn Croatia to Carnegie Hall, and from the Nobel Peace Prize to the Football World Cup.

•Kodo will be at Sage Gateshead on February 25. Visit www.sagegateshead.com.