On December 26, 2004, 400,000 people in Asia and Africa started the day that changed their lives forever. A bright morning sun greeted laborers on their way to work and tourists on their way to white sandy beaches. However, on that same morning, a collision of tectonic plates in the Indian Ocean caused an undersea earthquake, which measured 8.9 on the Richter scale – the biggest the world had seen since 1960. The quake sent enormous waves rolling across the ocean, mercilessly wiping out entire cities. 300,000 were left dead, another 100,000 wounded. Young and old, rich and poor, believer and nonbeliever – all were affected equally.
In Tsunami, DrumSpirit tells the story of a ferocious wave. The percussion ensemble from Dadizele (B) is the leading European brand for percussion and performance. Both in Belgium and abroad, DrumSpirit is well-known for its captivating theme shows and entertaining street act, Drumline XL.
With a custom-written soundtrack and state-of-the-art choreography, Tsunami portrays the different scenes of a natural disaster. A relentless motherwave and equally destructive afterwaves separate friends, divide families, turn children into orphans. Bodies are buried while loved ones whose remains will never be found are commemorated.
But when flowers start sprouting in the mud, the survivors realize it’s time to move on with their lives. The destructive water leaves a tabula rasa, a clean slate. The tragedy calls for humanitarian aid and teamwork to rebuild the community together.
• Artistic director: Maarten Deschacht
• Battery arranger: Thomas Claesen
• Visual designer: David Dewyn
• Graphic designer: Giovanni Maes
DrumSpirit debuts its new show in Almere (NL) at the end of February. On Saturday March 12th, the ensemble organizes a showcase in its home base in Dadizele (B). For more information, go to www.drumspirit.be or follow DrumSpirit on Facebook.