Road to Kumano

Choreographed by Chieko Kojima
Music performed by TAIKOPROJECT

September 15, 2016 thru September 25, 2016

Road to Kumano is a first-time collaboration between East West Players and internationally-acclaimed Japanese drumming group TAIKOPROJECT. Chieko Kojima, the lead female performer for the world-renowned taiko group Kodo, joins the TAIKOPROJECT ensemble in a dance theatre piece based on the classic Buddhist tale of Dojoji.

Presented in association with Kodo Arts Sphere America.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Japan Foundation Los Angeles, the Sansei Legacy Fund, the Toyota Giving Circle, and AAPIP (Asian American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy).

Running time: Approx. 80 minutes, with one 15-minute intermission

Show Cast

Masato Baba
Jen Baik
Courtney Deguchi
Chieko Kojima
Blaine O’Brien
Yumi Saito
David Wells
Bryan Yamami

Rotating Cast Members

Andrew Chen
Keiko Harada
Tomomi Hongo
Liz Ishida
Jenny Mimura
Doug Sakamoto
Audrey Tu
Brian Yamagata

Creative Team

Staging consultant David Furumoto
Sound design by Glenn Suravech
Lighting design by Scott LeGrand
Costume design by Chieko Kojima & Sueko Oshimoto
Hair styling by  Jennifer Caballero
Stage Manager: Brandon Cheng


Chieko Kojima
Photos by Maiko Miyagawa