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Wellmark Family Series - Step Afrika!

  • 221 Walnut Street | Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Presented By: Wellmark
  • Dates: February 5, 2022
  • Location: Des Moines Civic Center
  • Start/End Time: 11:00 AM
  • Price: Please note: all patrons, regardless of age, must purchase a ticket to be permitted into the theater for this production. Admission to be announced soon!
  • Overview

    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.