HERBEAT: Taiko Women ALL-STARS

full length documentary film
artist residency and concert

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herbeat the film

We are producing a documentary film showcasing some of the leading women in Taiko today, creating an intimate portrait of their daily lives as Taiko artists, sharing the untold stories of women in Taiko.

HERbeat is a full length cinema verite style documentary exploring the lives of women who are forging their own paths in taiko, family, and life. We will follow some HERbeat artists in depth, as well as capture the historic HERbeat artist residency and concert.

Envisioned as a character-driven documentary, we will explore the lives of these women, utilizing this singular event drawing them together to look at themes of culture and what it is to be a woman today, while acting as a “gateway” to the beautiful world of taiko drumming. Think Spellbound, (award-winning documentary about spelling bees) for taiko drumming.

HERbeat is directed by award-winning Dawn Mikkelson of Emergence Pictures.
For this project, Dawn will employ an all-female crew, with Keri Pickett as lead cinematographer.

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HERBEAT FILM - KICKSTARTER FUNDRAISER

EXCITING NEWS!!
We successfully finished a Kickstarter campaign that raised $54K to film in Japan this fall! If you missed the campaign, you can still donate to the HERbeat film at any time!


COMING TO YOU ON LEAP DAY: SATURDAY FEBRUARY 29, 2020
HERBEAT: THE CONCERT

HERbeat: Women in Taiko All-Stars

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TaikoArts Midwest proposes a simple, ground-breaking idea: bring the best North American & Japanese female taiko artists together for a 2-week international cultural exchange and artist residency to collaborate and create a one-of-a-kind performance. Envisioned as a catalyst to fuel movement towards gender equity in taiko, this project celebrates and puts women centerstage in a collaborative one-of-a-kind performance at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts in St. Paul, MN.

this line up is epic!!

(in alphabetical order)
Kaoly Asano (JAPAN)
Heidi Chan (Tornoto, ON)
Yurika Chiba (San Jose, CA)
Chizuko Endo (Honolulu, HI)
Michelle Fujii (Portland, OR)
Naomi Guilbert (Winnipeg, MB)
Mayumi Hashimoto (JAPAN)
PJ Hirabayashi (San Jose, CA)
Chieko Kojima (JAPAN)
ManMan (Los Angeles, CA)
Anna Sato (JAPAN)
Iris Shiraishi (St. Paul, MN)
Megan Chao Smith (Minneapolis, MN)
ten ten (Toronto, ON)
Tiffany Tamaribuchi (Sacamento, CA)
Jennifer Weir (Minneapolis, MN)
Diana Wu (San Diego, CA)
Mizue Yamada (JAPAN)
And of course, members of: Ensō Daiko and ensemble-MA