Monthly Archives: March 2012

Tamagawa Taiko (4/1, 7PM, Lang Concert Hall)

Taiko drumming has been a feature of the College’s dance offerings for nearly a decade, thanks largely to the efforts of Associate Professor of Dance  Kim Arrow . This event showcases the significant relationship between the College and Tamagawa University in Japan.  The renowned Tamagawa Taiko Drum and Dance Group return to Philadelphia for a week of performances as part of the Greater Philadelphia Cherry Blossom Festival. In the first stop in their annual tour, the Taiko drummers and dancers from Tamagawa University will perform with colorful costumes, intricate dances and thundering drums.  Truly one of the highlights of the Festival, Tamagawa’s performances are a delight for the whole family. Heart-pounding drum rhythms intermingle with elegant dances in breath-taking fashion to create unforgettable memories. Experience the relentless energy and stunning visuals as Tamagawa takes you on a journey through ancient and modern Japan.

Arrow, an accomplished dancer and choreographer, is the recipient of two Fulbright Fellowships and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts for choreography, among other awards. He joined Swarthmore’s faculty in 1991 and teaches a taiko repertory class.

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