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roundABOUT # Tsubasa Hori

A multi-instrumentalist’s magical arena

Caroline Robert and Vincent Morisset - Studio AATOAA
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  • In-person event

  • Ages 6-11

  • Approx. 40 minutes
Performance options Start time Language Availability
Wednesday, February 14, 2024 10:00 am Without words sold out
Wednesday, February 14, 2024 12:30 pm Without words sold out
Thursday, February 15, 2024 10:00 am Without words sold out
Thursday, February 15, 2024 12:30 pm Without words sold out
Friday, February 16, 2024 10:00 am Without words sold out
Thursday, February 15, 2024 12:30 pm Without words sold out

“Like Japan, but in a dream”

Take a seat inside a fantastic lantern/stage, illuminated by spellbinding video projections and brought to life by the music, singing and dancing of incandescent Japanese-born performer Tsubasa Hori. 

This virtuoso percussionist has been perfecting the art of taiko since childhood: when she beats that traditional drum, you can almost hear the heartbeat of a thousand-year-old Japan. But just like her native land, Tsubasa is good at combining the Old and the New, and she has a lot of fun using some surprising sampling machines to tinker with the sounds of her voice and her instruments. 

A lantern also means moving images: on the curtains that surround the space, luminous creatures and plants appear, as if they’ve escaped from a book of coloured prints. Be on the lookout for the elephant and the giant snail! 

Without moving a muscle, get ready to travel, in images and music, through a kaleidoscopic world invented by a multi-instrumentalist artist ... who’s also a bit of a magician. 

Without words ●  Ages 6+ ● Intimate show 

This show is part of the BIG BANG Festival, two fun-filled days of sound experiments for ears of all ages. At the NAC, Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18, 2024. 


  • Concept, music and musical performance Tsubasa Hori
  • Concept, music and musical performance Tsubasa Hori
  • Dramaturgy and choreography Vera Tussing
  • Visual design Sarah Yu Zeebroek
  • Video animation Willem Mertens
  • Concept and stage design Wouter Van Looy
  • Sound design Jo Thielemans
  • Technical director Janneke Donkersloot
  • Costume design Johanna Trudzinski
  • Assistant costume design Lisa Gambey
  • Producers Zonzo Compagnie and ChampdAction
  • Coproducers Handelsbeurs and KAAP
  • Featuring With the support of Flanders and the Tax Shelter measure of the Belgian Federal Government

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