Taiko FUNdamentals with Portland Taiko

Taiko FUNdamentals : Professional Development with Portland Taiko
Date: Feb 9 – 10, 2018
Duration: 9 hours
Workshop Focus: Teachers/leadership training, stage presence, creativity, and group connection


I had the luxury to work with Portland Taiko in February this year. The workshop intensive was intended to be a teacher training for the group as many of the members have to share teaching and leading responsibilities. The group also has a story telling background, therefore they’d like to get more exposure on stage presence, building confidence, or simple just spend some quality time together as a group.

Since the Taiko FUNdamentals curriculum aligns with a lot of what Portland Taiko is looking for in our workshop, therefore I’ve adapt the program and added a few more new ideas inspired by various theatre exercise and some of the movement training from Orff Schulwerk to the intensive. Here is a snippet of what we explored during the workshop and the activity has inspired them to create something for one of their upcoming performance transition. =)

This particular exercise explore different movement vocabularies and especially with the concept of  “commitment”. Often time stage presence and connection with others also has a lot to do with commitment. Thanks to PT, I’ve incorporated this as part of the workshop highlight for the professional development portion of Taiko FUNdamentals.

Thank you Wynn Kiyama and Kelsey Furuta for bringing me to Portland!