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The Grand Percussionist

Friend or foe: who becomes the next Grand Percussionist? 

The Grand Percussionist


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Studying under Asian parentsillusion of a music career, the battle to get into a prestigious school and the struggle to compete with others in the world of classical music: it’s not easy to always keep up in an extremely competitive and judgemental culture. It’s painful to remain silent when facing superiors abusing their power.

In their show The Grand Percussionist Yung-Tuan Ku and Che-Sheng Wu explore these topics through percussion theater with humour. It showcases the hurdles they have taken: from sexism during auditions to intimate and intimidating one-on-one time with their tutors. Their journey also translates into other professional fields. Through their work, Ku and Wu want to raise awareness to what negative encounters and psychological pressure can lead up to. Because the body keeps the score. 


Concept/ Music/ Performer: Yung-Tuan Ku, Che-Sheng Wu
Performance Coach: Michael Helmerhorst
Technician: Kees Van Zelst
Light design: Ide van Heiningen
Soundmix: Mattie Poels
Video: Che-Sheng Wu
TinCan Props: Aart Marcus
GripFX: Oscar Meulenkamp
Music Advisor: Marc Alberto