A typical day for the Tao Drummers of Japan begins at 5 a.m. and ends at 10 p.m. Living and training at a mountaintop compound, the performers' rigorous athletic workouts pave the way for hours of dance, drum and music practice. This unrivaled dedication to their craft for the past 20 years has paid off with international acclaim. Melding traditional Japanese Taiko drumming with original choreography and contemporary costumes, the troupe explodes onto the stage. Propelled by precision and stamina, this infectious energy transfers to the audience and drives TAO: Phoenix Rising.