This award-winning high energy drum troupe from Shanghai use ancient Chinese drums and cultural significant compositions to perform authentic movements and traditional percussive rhythms dating back to the times of the Emperors of Chinese Dynasties. Coupled with a modern expressive athleticism, and gloriously bright costumes these performers bring to life timeless Chinese proverbs, fables and fairy tales giving us insight into communication and expression through percussion as timeless as the hills they come from, reminding us all that movement and the drumbeat are our first language. No translation required.
Yang Xiaodong, Artistic Director
Director Yang Xiaodong and his authentic ancient drum movements as well as the actual ancient drums themselves represent a powerful lineage of drum movements dating back to the times of the Emperors of Chinese Dynasties.
This performance uses traditional Chinese drums and the strength and power of percussion instruments to portray ancient tales of Shanghai, China. The Bull and Tiger meet, play and fight, the golden pheasant playfully run down the steep hills, the Dragon Drum is pure force and athleticism and the Boatmen on the Yellow River, give homage to Huáng Hé or The Yellow River the sixth longest river in the world, all through the magic of drum and dance.