True Colors DANCE
True Colors CARAVAN in Kitakyushu
True Colors CARAVAN in Kitakyushu
The fifth nationwide caravan will be held in Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture!
The special guest will be GOMESS, a "rapper living with autism" who expresses the one and only " Living Words".
Yoshiaki will be SOCIAL LOCKS! Open Classroom special guest!
Vice-principal Pee (Pee) and Toyama Committee Member the MCs from Tokyo FM’s popular radio show SCHOOL OF LOCK!, will host a discussion, “A New Society Where All Live as One While Maintaining Our Differences”. Be sure to catch it!
True Colors CARAVAN in Kitakyushu
September 11, 2022
12:30 Performance Stage
13:10 SCHOOL OF LOCK! Open Classroom: SOCIAL LOCKS!
Vice-Principal Pee/ Toyama Committee Member（Daisuke Toyama）/ Yoshiaki/ GOMESS [MC] Nozomi Aichi
・14:30 Guest Performance Stage
・16:00 Performance Stage
[Guest] GOMESS/ Vice-Principal Pee/ Toyama Committee Member（Daisuke Toyama）/ Yoshiaki/ Ima☆Taka (Takako Imamura) / Ima☆Taka Dance Family/ [MC] Nozomi Aichi
- Free admission and participation
[Designated Viewing Area ]
Please be kind and yield to those who need appreciation support in this place!
Seats are limited. Please understand this in advance.
Attending with wheelchair
Japanese Sign Language translation
Request for aisle seat
Attending with assistance dog
[Other viewing support]
Free audio guide from your smart phone
Guest Performance Stage
12:30、16:00 Performance Stage
14:30 Guest Performance Stage
Artists, each with distinctive talents, will stage an engaging performance featuring various genres of dance and music, and discussions. Additionally, there will be collaborations between local performers from each city, making each show special and unique. Be sure to catch CARAVAN in your city!
GOMESS was born on September 4, 1994 in Shizuoka. He gained attention as a "rapper living with autism" when he won second place in a high school rap competition. His songs "Ningen Shikkaku" and "LIFE," which are about his own life, shocked the audience. His unique philosophy and lifestyle were featured on television and other media. In 2015, his album "River Boat Song -FutureTrax-" won the 57th Japan Record Award for Planning. From the same year, he performed at live events hosted by SEKAI NO OWARI for four consecutive years. In 2019, he will be featured in Tokai TV's public campaign commercial "Living with Invisible Disabilities." for which he received numerous advertising awards, including AAC Gold and Galaxy Awards, for his music and performance. In 2020, he participated in the "YGNT special collective" project, and has continued to express himself in a variety of genres and styles that do not fit into any one genre or style, and continues to speak the " Living Words" as a unique and one-of-a-kind presence.
A special troupe will accompany True Colors CARAVAN – the CARAVAN performers. Led by Daiki, Japan’s first Krump dancer with dwarfism, the troupe features Kenta Kambara, a wheelchair dancer and aerial performer who performed at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games; Kanoken, a street dancer with a hearing impairment; Eri, a ballet dancer; Yusei Tekoe, a freestyle dancer; Haruki, a human beatboxer living with mosaic Down syndrome; and Keita Tokunaga, wheelchair DJ and fashion journalist. Expect different performances in each city as the troupe’s acts grow and evolve with local guest performers.
Ima☆Taka (Takako Imamura)
Takako was born in 1984. Born in Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture. Dancer/choreographer/director/representative of Ima☆Taka Dance Family. She graduated from Kyushu Otani Junior College, Department of Japanese Communication, Theatre Broadcasting Course, and worked as an actor in Kitakyushu for 8 years before turning to dancing. In addition to her own creative activities, she has worked as an assistant for many internationally and domestically active artists such as Shigeta Ide, Shigemii Kitamura, and Selenographica. Her creative activities are not limited to presenting dance works, but also focus on "art events that make the most of local characteristics" in collaboration with cultural facilities and shopping districts. In recent years, she has been actively involved in creative and other activities with people with disabilities, and is deeply involved in projects that integrate social welfare and art. She was the artistic producer of the Kitakyushu Theater Festival 2014 and also provided choreography for the opera "Heaven and Hell" in 2017. Her motto is "to give dance performances that make everyone happy, regardless of age, gender, or nationality.
Ima☆Taka Dance Family
Ima☆Taka Dance Family is a dance studio based in Kitakyushu City represented by Ima☆Taka (Takako Imamura), a dancer and choreographer. They are the only dance studio in Kitakyushu that builds original jazz dance with elements of community dance. With the motto, "If you dance, it becomes a theater space," they go out of the theater and dance in various places in the city, such as shopping streets, movie theaters, on boats, and in stores. They are committed to connecting people to people, people to places, and people to wishes through dance. They are working hard in their lessons with the most cheerful teachers in Kitakyushu, aiming for "dance performance that brings happiness to everyone.
SCHOOL OF LOCK!
Open Classroom: SOCIAL LOCKS!
At True Colors CARAVAN, our popular radio show, SOCIAL LOCKS! will host an open classroom with the theme “A New Society Where All Live as One While Maintaining Our Differences”. These “differences” often go unnoticed until we start listening more to each other. For example, the person beside us might be battling a challenge that we are unaware about. When we start listening to such individual voices, we can then begin to imagine how a new society would be like – a new community where we live as one, while respecting our differences.
Vice-Principal Pee (Pee)
Pee has been on SCHOOL OF LOCK! as “Vice-principal Pee” since October 2021.
With her signature purple “mushroom” bowl cut, Pee is famous for donning loud outfits, usually in pink or purple. She played volleyball from elementary school and was selected to represent the Yamagata regional team during her middle school years. It was in the car rides after those volleyball practices that Pee started listening to SCHOOL OF LOCK!. In 2015, after graduating from university with a major in Physical Education, Pee relocated to Tokyo and found work at apparel store, W♡C, located in Harajuku’s famous Takeshita Street. There, Pee became a charismatic figure among teenagers and was often referred to as the “mother of Harajuku.” After becoming an artiste, Pee worked actively on various television programs including “#Jyudai”, a program covering the challenges teenagers face, where she served as the main MC. In 2016, Pee came out as being gay.
Toyama Committee Member（Daisuke Toyama）
Toyama served as principal of SCHOOL OF LOCK! for 10 years from April 2010 to March 2020.
He became a member of the Board of Education in April 2021 for SCHOOL OF LOCK!
He is practically the "youngest" member of the committee, so he spends his days busy with complaints, consultations, and chores from various sources.
Yoshiaki was born on August 27, 2000. He made his debut at age 15 when he appeared in a street interview. He is well known for his fashionable lifestyle and free-spirited character, and has appeared as a model and TV personality in various media. He is also a voice for the youth.
[MC] Nozomi Aichi
Nozomi Aichi is an FM FUKUOKA announcer, born August 12 in Fukuoka. She has appeared as a student on "SCHOOL OF LOCK! She enjoys dancing at Dance Fitness. Her current regular programs are "DIG !!!!!!!!! FUKUOKA "* on Tuesdays, "Moving Monthly Style", "Kaze no Oto", and "Brand New Information".
The history of True Colors Festival will be showcased via a panel exhibit accompanied with links to interactive videos for your exploration.