GuGu Drum Group
(Shanghai)Date and Time: Thursday May 25 8:00 PM
Duration: 50 minutes
Location: Cowell Theater
General Admission: $25
Children under 18: $12.50
Discounts: Full time students with ID and Seniors, $4 off cover price
Limited early bird tickets available until March 31 from $12.50
If you miss our early bird offerings, take advantage of our Festival Pass and see five shows for $70.00
Sponsored in part by the China International Culture Association
Production Stage Manager: George Boyd
Lighting Designer: Joshua Cutler
International Producer &
Tour Management KMP Artists
This award winning and top rated ensemble from Shanghai offers a theatrical drama told through the unique language of drums. The performance depicts historical and culturally significant compositions that present profound insights into the concepts of unity, human evolution, awareness, wisdom, social commitment, and communication through percussive movements.
Director Yang Xiaodong and his authentic traditional repertoire (as well as his collection of ancient drums themselves) represent a powerful lineage of drum movements dating back to the times of the Tang Dynasty; bringing a contemporary approach with a moving presentation. The show features drum vignettes based on timeless Chinese proverbs, fables, and fairy tales and has been featured at many festivals and arts centers throughout China including the opening of the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008.
ARTIST BIOGeorge Boyd. In New York, Mr. Boyd directed the original productions of AS IS; staged LILY TOMLIN IN “APPEARING NITELY” on Broadway; wrote and directed “WOODY GUTHRIE: His Life, Times and Music” Off-Broadway; and, also on Broadway, stage managed BETTE MIDLER’S “CLAMS ON THE HALF SHELL” REVUE, LORELEI starring Carol Channing, and ENRICO IV starring Rex Harrison.
He stage managed the First National Company of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST in Los Angeles and LA BELLA Y LA BESTIA in Mexico City en espanol. For KMP he stage managed James Gavin’s “STORMY WEATHER, the Lena Horne Project” starring Mary Wilson/Freda Payne and Rex Reed’s IRA GERSHWIN: WORDS WITHOUT MUSIC and currently tours with their SEOP Dance Company from South Korea.
Joshua Cutler has worked in film, television, and live performance for over 15 years. His work has been seen on PBS, CNN, Yahoo!, NBC Sports, and on stages across the county. He received his MFA in stage design from Southern Methodist University in 2012 and is currently based in New York City. www.joshuacutler.com
KMP Artists, offers visual arts exhibits and residency programs. KMP is committed to international exchange by touring exceptional projects from around the globe that stimulate conversation and encourage mutual understanding, with a particular focus on work found around the Pacific Rim. (www.kmpartists.com)