ONSEN offers an astonishing experience of sound and performance unlike anything I’ve seen before. Taiko On combine traditional Japanese festival drumming, Indigenous Australian Didgeridoo, and an array of unexpected and experimental instruments to deliver a breathtaking hour of music. ONSEN is an audio-visual journey of explosive energy, pulsing rhythms, beautiful melodies and intricate choreography.
The mesmerising and influential power of sound is overwhelmingly on display, exploring the experiences of both hearing and feeling music. From hypnotic and meditative to imposing and dramatic, Taiko On exhibit the connection between sound and emotion in a deeply entrancing performance.
Every performer showcased unbelievable control, strength, and creativity, completely captivating the entire audience from the moment they stepped foot on stage. Their dedication and passion for their craft is obvious in the precision and adventurous spirit embodied by each performer.
The spectacular scale of ONSEN is undeniable, not only in the size but also the variety of the sound thanks to the array of instruments and the expertise of the players using them. Bigger than Ben Hur is an understatement. I was honestly glad I was wearing a mask because my jaw was on the floor for the majority of the performance.
ONSEN is loud and at times the sounds explored are harsh. Personally, I found it overwhelming in an enjoyable way that allowed me to completely immerse myself in the performance, however if you have sensory sensitivities, particularly in relation to sound, it may not be for you.
Big and bolshy, delicate and nuanced, ONSEN is a live performance that must be seen to be fully experienced and appreciated, which I’m so grateful for. Make the most of this FRINGE WORLD Festival season while you can. ONSEN showcases exactly why sometimes you just have to be there, so make sure you are.