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

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HERbeat: Women in Taiko All-Stars

TaikoArts Midwest proposes a simple, ground-breaking idea: bring the best North American & Japanese female taiko artists together for a 2-week 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.

Tentative artist line up (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)
Megan Chao Smith (Minneapolis, MN)
Aki Takahashi (Toronto, ON)
Tiffany Tamaribuchi (Sacamento, CA)
Mizue Yamada (JAPAN)

And of course,
Iris Shiraishi (St. Paul, MN)
Jennifer Weir (Minneapolis, MN)
and members of: Ensō Daiko and ensemble-MA


HERBEAT: The film

HERbeat is a cinema verite style documentary exploring the lives of women who are forging their own paths in taiko, family, and life.

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.


We are looking for CHAMPIONS!!
LOOK FOR THE HERBEAT KICKSTARTER in July