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January 31, 2011

Cabrillo Presents 4th Annual Evening of World Theatre with
Watsonville Taiko
Saturday, February 26 at 8:00 PM, Cabrillo Crocker Theater

Aptos, CA—Cabrillo College Theatre Arts presents the Fourth Annual Evening of World Theatre with Watsonville Taiko, in collaboration with Shinsho-Mugen Daiko and LightSpeed Martial Arts Academy, on February 26 in the Cabrillo Crocker Theater at 8:00 PM.

Experience the thunderous roar and exquisite physicality of Taiko Drumming, a traditional form of Japanese drumming that incorporates elements of martial arts and folk art. Watsonville Taiko, founded by Jim Hooker in September 1991, is a Taiko drumming community of performers and supporters. Ikuyo Conant, artistic director since 1992, uses Taiko as an exploration into developing an art form that combines drumming with folklore, mythology and symbolism.

To establish a clear philosophy behind the art of Taiko, Conant created a bilateral group structure to introduce disciplines of Taiko. There are two performance groups within Watsonville Taiko: Watsonville Taiko Community Performing Group and Shinsho-Mugen Daiko.

Watsonville Taiko Community Performing Group emphasizes Taiko as folk art. This is an inclusive group which places value on joining with others to keep traditions of Taiko alive. Important values and social meanings are found in the context of full participation and understanding of cultural traditions. By studying, performing and working together, the group learns that each person is an important member of the community.

Shinsho-Mugen Daiko, founded in 1999 by Ikuyo Conant, is a group that studies the art of Japanese drumming. Conant emphasizes cultivation of energy, self-awareness, social and personal harmony in Taiko drumming. The group has introduced a contemporary style of Taiko drumming, with movements and powerful sounds, at community, cultural and school events in Monterey County and beyond.

With this bilateral group structure, the Watsonville Taiko Group studies, learns and preserves the art of traditional and modern styles of Taiko drumming. They also explore other aspects of Japanese culture that may be relevant to the study of the art of Taiko drumming, including, but not limited to, the study of Japanese folklore, music, dance and history.

Joining Watsonville Taiko for World Theater Night is LightSpeed Martial Arts Academy, a family focused Academy in Scotts Valley, where adults and children can take personalized training to meet their own ultimate goals, whether that goal is simply about getting fit or becoming a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.

What: Cabrillo's 4th Annual Evening of World Theatre with Watsonville Taiko
When: Saturday, February 26 - 8:00 PM
Where: Cabrillo Crocker Theater, Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA
Price: $15 general, $12 seniors/students, $10 w/student activity card
Tickets at the door or


About Cabrillo College
Cabrillo College is a leading California community college serving Santa Cruz County with locations in Aptos, Scotts Valley and Watsonville. It is ranked #1 in transfers to UC Santa Cruz. Founded in 1959, the college offers more than 100 academic and career technology programs that serve multiple educational goals such as A.A. and A.S. degrees, certificates of achievement, skills certificates, transfer to four-year institutions or for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. Its mission is to enhance the intellectual, cultural and economic vitality of its diverse community by assisting all students in their quest for lifelong learning and success in an ever-changing world.

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