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Hylton Performing Arts Center Presents Tao “Phoenix Rising”

Contributed by Hylton Performing Arts Center

Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 4 p.m.

MANASSAS, Va., March 25, 2014 – Japanese drum ensemble TAO has brought its explosive Taiko drumming to more than six million spectators worldwide in the last decade, and now it makes its Hylton Performing Arts Center debut when it brings its spectacular new show, “Phoenix Rising,” to Manassas on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 4 p.m. In this electrifying new production, athletic bodies, innovative choreography and traditional Japanese drumming combine to create a mind-blowing experience that will enthrall the entire family. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, begins 45 minutes prior to each performance in the Hylton Center’s Buchanan Partners Art Gallery. Novant Health is the 2013-2014 Hylton Presents Season Sponsor.

“Extraordinarily talented … incomparable muscular zeal,” says the Chicago Tribune about this virtuosic ensemble that was founded in 1993 by Ikuo Fujitaka, who serves as the company’s director. TAO performed exclusively in the Kyushu region of Japan until its international breakout appearance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2004, in which the group had 25 consecutive days of sold-out shows. Of the 1,800 groups that gathered for the festival, only TAO holds the honor of being the top ticket seller for two consecutive years. The ensemble, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2013, has since toured the world, performing to more than six million people in 20 countries and 400 cities across the globe. Among its prestigious appearances, TAO performed as part of the Cultural Olympiad for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Typically a male-dominated genre, TAO creates a unique allure by showcasing both male and female performers who reside in monastic isolation at a mountain compound in Japan, where they undergo years of rigorous training in Japanese Taiko drumming. In addition to their training on drums, the members of TAO practice a strict exercise regime and meditation to reach the highest level of virtuosity. The drummers of TAO draw on their diverse backgrounds as rock musicians, artists, gymnasts and composers, which results in a fresh, energetic interpretation of this ancient art form. Since 2012, TAO has collaborated with global fashion designer Junko Koshino to create a powerful look to complement ensemble’s sublime performances. 



Tickets for TAO’s production of “PHOENIX RISING” are $46, $38 and $30. Family Friendly: performance suitable for families with young children. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. For more information, please Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @Hylton_PAC.

About the Hylton Performing Arts Center

Dedicated to bringing a world-class performing arts venue to the Prince William region, the Hylton Performing Arts Center was born out of a partnership among Prince William County, George Mason University, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia and individuals and businesses in the private sector. Soaring more than nine stories and boasting a stunning mix of copper, glass and masonry, the 85,000-square foot center is home to two unparalleled performance venues for local arts groups and performers from around the world, as well as university-related activities. Modeled after the intimate European opera houses of the 19th century, Merchant Hall is a 1,123-seat multipurpose proscenium theater, which is encircled by 27 private boxes that rise three levels. The Gregory Family Theater is a flexible, 4,400-square foot space that can be configured for many different types of performances and events. In addition, the Didlake Grand Foyer, with its sweeping staircase, provides an ideal setting for community, corporate and social events. The Hylton Performing Arts Center, the only building of its kind in the area, has quickly become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of civic collaboration and commitment to the arts.

About George Mason University

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.

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