RAW Taiko presents: Constant State of Otherness

A Toronto Taiko Festival Production

Apr 19, 2024 & Apr 20, 2024
Run Time: 1 hours, 50 minutes
Intermission: 1 (10 min)
Venue: Hart House Theatre
Note: Appropriate for all ages
  • Regular
  • Community
  • Solidarity
  • Student/Children
Door Sales / Will Call:
  • The Will Call window is located through the main theatre entrance.

  • Opens at 5 pm for evening performances and 11 am for matinees.

  • 416-978-2452

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Constant State of Otherness is an engaging, multi-layered performance work rooted in questions of identity and self worth – how we identify ourselves and how we label others.

Through taiko, Japanese folk dance, song, and personal story, six performers guide the audience through a four-part journey inspired by experiences of isolation and displacement that come from not having an easy sense of home.

Rooted in ancestral wisdom and survival, Constant State of Otherness resists simplistic translations of language, cultural ways and the complicated emotions that otherness evokes. Weaving personal narratives from the ensemble with stories collected from diverse youth and adult community collaborators from across the country, Constant State of Otherness redefines whose stories are told, unpacking, unraveling, and acknowledging our stories to reveal the complexities and nuances of identity. By allowing stories to fractally unfold through the resonance of drum, voice and movement, Unit Souzou offers an invitation to find our shared longing to belong.

This production of Constant State of Otherness will also feature a guest performance by RAW Taiko.

This production is funded in part by the Canada Heritage Fund.

Important Dates

ASL Interpretation

There will be ASL interpretation on the following performance

  • Friday, April 19 7:00 pm

Postshow Talkback

Remain in your seat after the show for a curated chat with Unit Souzou

  • Saturday, April 20 After the show