Conceptualized by composer, tabla player, and artistic director Lenny Seidman, ARC is an original, evening-length performance suite that brings together the drumming traditions of tabla from North India and taiko from Japan, with contemporary Western, African Diasporic, and Asian Pacific dance. Seidman will direct an ensemble of three tabla players, along with three taiko players under the direction of drummer Joe Small, and three movement artists choreographed by postmodern dancer Laurel Jenkins and butoh dancer Michael Sakamoto. ARC seeks to investigate and reconcile the artistic disparities among these disciplines, exploring tabla’s complex rhythmic cycles, taiko’s relatively simple rhythms that are achieved through full-body movements, butoh’s sparse movements, and the wide dance vocabulary of postmodern choreography. Seidman, a co-founder of Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra, explains, “My mission is to make tabla live in the lives of others and to passionately integrate it with multiple diverse drumming and dance traditions.”
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