UNSW Creative Practice Lab

Postponed: Chi Udaka: Taikoz Drums and Lingalayam Dance

Io Myers Studio
UNSW Gate 2, High Street, Kensington NSW 2024

Friday 27 March from 7:30pm to 8:30pm


Concession: $5Adult: $10

COVID-19 update:

Following advice from UNSW on 16 March 2020, we have to regretfully cancel our public events until Easter. Ticket sales for this event have been suspended and everyone who has bought tickets will be issued refunds.

Drums and dance. Earth and water. Chi Udaka is a collaborative work between contemporary Australian taiko ensemble Taikoz and classical South Indian dance company Lingalayam, which has toured both across Australia and internationally.

This performance is Claudia Wherry's graduating Honours creative project. 

The work explores the duality between the two distinct art forms; the earthiness of taiko (Japanese) drumming, with it’s grounded aesthetic and explosive dynamism reflected in ‘Chi’, meaning ‘Earth’ in Japanese.

This is contrasted with the flowing sensuality of the Lingalayam artists’ dance, represented in ‘Udaka’, meaning ‘Water’ in Sanskrit. Chi Udaka is entirely unique, synthesising music in dance, and dance in music through an exciting display of vibrant drumming and movement, which celebrates and contrasts the differences between Japanese taiko and South Indian classical dance. All together, the various works within the production aim to create a reflection of a single day, starting in the early morning, and going through until nighttime.

This reduced production presents a focus on the taiko (Japanese drum) works from Chi Udaka in the intimate venue of Io Myers Studio. Join UNSW honours student Claudia Wherry, alongside fellow Taikoz members, John Napier on cello, and Vineetha Menon as solo dancer in this up-close and personal performance of selected works from Chi Udaka.

Taikoz is an Australian ensemble which studies and performs contemporary music on the Japanese taiko (drums), led by Artistic Director Ian Cleworth.

Lingalayam is Australian dance company which draws its repertoire from the Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi styles of South Indian classical dance, led by Artistic Director Anandavalli.


Claudia Wherry, Taikoz member

Kerryn Joyce, Taikoz Member

Ryuji Hamada, Taikoz Member

Sophia Ang, Taikoz Member

Sophie Unsen, Taikoz Member

Hirotaka Ran, Taikoz Young Artist

John Napier, Cello

Vineetha Menon, Lingalayam dancer

Works composed by

Ian Cleworth

John Napier

John Cleworth

Choreographed by


Anton Lock (Taiko Choreography)

 Produced by the UNSW Creative Practice Lab



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