It was simply captivating. The incredible talent and sheer enjoyment of what they do was plain to see.

The Evening Post, UK

Family & World Stage
Yamato: The Drummers of Japan

Direct from beautiful Nara Prefecture in Japan, this mesmerizing Japanese company visits with its newest production, a thrilling program that celebrates the unbridled passion and boundless energy of traditional Japanese drumming. With their spiky neon hairstyles and psychedelic punk-meets-samurai costumes, the youthful drummers perform with infectious spirit and masterful coordination on massive drums built from ancient tree trunks. "A genuinely theatrical experience, delivered with balletic grace and infectious humor" (The Times, London).

Approximate run time of this performance is 2 hours, including intermission


Donor Benefits

Donor Parking
As a service to our donors at the $750 level and above, we offer the opportunity to reserve parking for our performances. Reserve parking online 5 business days or more in advance of the performance, or by contacting Cal Performances' Development Department at 510.642.8653 or email

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Additional information regarding donor parking benefits can be found on our Donor Services/Parking page.

Program Notes

Program notes will be available approximately one week before the performance.