MomMomOnTheGo and crew headed out to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, BC last night to see Yamato – The Drummers of Japan. If you have not heard of this amazing performance here is a quick description…..
Committed to preserving the rich traditions of the ancient art of Japanese Taiko drumming and exploring new possibilities for the majestic instrument, Yamato’s one-night-only, big budget engagement will feature their newest production BAKUON – a ferocious, hypnotic mix of theatrics, agility and rapid-fire speed.
MomMomOnTheGo and crew see a lot of performances. We like to go check them out and let my fans know if the performance is worth seeing. Well, I cannot even express in words how much Yamato, The Drummers of Japan is worth seeing.
Yamato was breathtaking, moving, it spoke to your entire mind, soul, and body all while throwing in laughter. Yamato is really an expression of life all combined into one show. How many shows have you seen can do all that.
As I looked around the theatre, I could not see an empty seat in the house. I believe that it was a completely sold out show. The great thing about the Queen Elizabeth Theatre is that there is not a bad seat in the house.
Last night was the Vancouver premiere of Yamato, but sadly, it was also their only performance in Vancouver. I am completely surprised that they only did one performance as I am more than confident that they could have done a run similar to Cirque du Soleil and sold out every night.
There are so many things that really stand out about Yamato above and beyond the amazing Taiko drumming. The physical strength of the performers is more than noticeable. The amount of fun that the performers are having also really lights up the theater and the smiles and fun return right back to the performers from the audience. The Yamato drummers really know how to make the audience laugh and get them involved in the performance.
So how can I express just how great Yamato is………
Well, I noticed throughout the show that I was literally leaning forward on the edge of my seat. Another person in our party said that they had to keep reminding themselves to blink and breathe because they were so mesmerized that they had to remind themselves that they were not blinking and that they were holding their breath.
My 8 year old was beyond exhausted because of how late the show was with a start time at 8 pm, but while the performance was on, she forgot about exhaustion and was in a stare at the stage. She also broke out in laughter quite often in response to the fun that the Yamato drummers were having.
The audience provided the Yamato drummers a standing ovation at the end of the show that did not end until the drummers reappeared to provide more.
After the show one female and one male drummer/performer came out to mingle with the audience in the lobby. I really wanted to try and get a photo with one of the performers, but as you can imagine, it was nearly impossible to get anywhere close to them.
As far as memorabilia, they had reasonably priced items such as t-shirts, wristbands, and DVDs.
I could really go on forever about Yamato, The Drummers of Japan but in the end what I really am saying is that it is the show of the year and a must see.
Thank you to the Yamato drummers for sharing their talent, story, and performance. Yamato was awe-inspiring, heart-stirring, and intoxicating.
Disclosure: MomMomOnTheGo was provided tickets for the purpose of attending this event and provide an honest review. As always, MomMomOnTheGo only supports companies, products, and services that she loves.