I bought Furry Husband and I some tickets to the Ft. Collins Lincoln Center to see Tao - a Japanese drum troupe.
Amazing, amazing, amazing.
The coordination, precision, athletic-ness, strength, art, grace was incredible.
There were drums - sometimes as big as a VW beetle - and someone would stand in front of this ginormus drum and wail on it. The intricacy of the rhythms, the skill at creating soft drumming and then so loud you felt your rib cage rattle.... oh, it was just so fantastic.
I had goose bumps during most of the show.
There were 4 or 5 women in the troupe. Most of the numbers had them in backless outfits and damn if they did not have the most muscular, incredible backs of all time. There were several numbers where the men wore no shirts and they had zero body fat. They all held low squats and lunges for long amounts of time - sometimes carrying large drums, other times leaping light as a feather out of the pose with so much explosive energy.
The complete mastery they had of their bodies was just beautiful and awe inspiring. If you ever get a chance, go see these people. They are amazing!
If you watch the 2008 Australia Tour video clip, it shows an entire number so you can get a sense of what they do. http://www.drum-tao.com/en/video_gallery/index.html
Tho' watching a video clip vs. being there live and in person with the energy and sound moving you is like night and day.