True Colors DANCE
True Colors CARAVAN in Osaka
True Colors CARAVAN in Osaka
CARAVAN's Japan tour will go to Osaka
The performance stage will feature the well-known CARAVAN Performers, and "The Otoasobi Project" from Kobe will be the special guest!
"SCHOOL OF LOCK!" personalities, Principal Komori (Jun Komori) and Vice Principal Pae (Pae) will be joined the event to give an open Classroom: SOCIAL LOCKS! with Kobara Vlas.
In open classroom they talks with the theme “A New Society Where All Live as One While Maintaining Our Differences”,
True Colors CARAVAN in Osaka
August 14, 2022
・14:00 Performance Stage
・14:40 SCHOOL OF LOCK! Open Classroom: SOCIAL LOCKS!
・16:00 Performance Stage
・17:30 Guest Performance Stage
[Guests] The Otoasobi Project/ Principal Komori (Hayato Komori)/ Vice-Principal Pee (Pee) / Kobara Vlas/ SO-MA from Child Dancer/ YASU/ Mikuri/ Karen Miyazaki/ Hinata Sakamoto (FIPSTA)/ Koharu (FIPSTA)/ [MC] Yumi Akamatsu (FM OSAKA)
Free admission and participation
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Guest Performance Stage
14:00 and 16:00 Performance Stage
17:30 Guest Performance Stage
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.
The Otoasobi Project
The Otoasobi Project formed in 2005. It is a large group of artists that includes people with intellectual disabilities. They have been active in a variety of activities, including workshops and concerts, based on free improvisation that transcends performance styles and genres of expression. Seventeen years later, they continue to hold twice-monthly workshops in their hometown of Kobe, and their expression is still developing. They have had many tours in Kansai, Hokkaido, Tokyo, Mito, Shimane, Yamaguchi, Miyazaki, etc. Their UK tour in 2013 was broadcast as a documentary program on NHK. They released a studio recorded album "OTO" produced by Otomo Yoshihide in November 2021. Their unscheduled musicality keeps the viewer riveted.
band camp：@音遊びの会｜The Otoasobi Project
YouTube： The Otoasobi Project
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.
SO-MA from Child Dancer
SO-MA was born in 1996 in Hyogo Prefecture.
He has a disability himself and has been teaching dance at facilities for the disabled and nursing homes in his hometown so that children with similar physical and intellectual disabilities can experience the joy of dance.
Winner of the Art Funk Breakin 2on2 division for two consecutive years.
YASU is a young man with Down Syndrome who loves to dance.
He is a member of Kansai Love Junks, a rock dance school. He is a freestyle dancer who takes moves that interest him and strengthens them on a daily basis.
Mikuri was born in 1991 in Osaka, Japan and has been dancing for 21 years.
She won the 2021 Art Funk Breakin Disability 2on2 championship.
She is working to make people smile through dance.
Karen began studying classical ballet at an early age and shifted to theater in high school. She majored in performing arts in university, where she was exposed to dance in the theater.
She currently performs with the theater group MODE and is interested in the physicality of actors on stage.
She recently had the opportunity to think about symbiosis when she worked as an assistant director for a reading of "The Seagull" by Chekhov, a barrier-free theater piece, at Biwako Hall. After graduating from college this spring, she decided to join CARAVAN because she wanted to meet a variety of people through the performing arts.
Hinata Sakamoto (FIPSTA)
Hinata was born at Osaka in 2005.
She has loved to be physically active and good at sports since she was a little girl. She started learning to dance in her 2nd year of high school. She is 17 years old and loves to dance.
9years old Koharu is an elementary school student who loves to dance. She is having the most fun with WAACK now. She wants to be a powerful and cool dancer, trying out different genres. Shefeels it is fun to dance with hard-working performers. She is shy but loves to dance, and she wanted to try this rare opportunity. "I will do my best to make the crowd smile."
FIPSTA is a dance studio located in Chuo-ku, Osaka, and is a "studio where you can take your first steps. The studio has instructors certified as child development specialists and dance rehabilitation instructors, and offers rhythmic dance lessons supervised by the World Rhythmic Dance Association.
The studio is filled with dancers sparkling smiles every day.
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.
Principal Komori (Hayato Komori)
Komori took on the personality “Vice-Principal Komori” on the radio program, SCHOOL OF LOCK! in April 2020. Since October 2021, he goes by his new title, “Principal Komori”.
Komori made his debut in November 2012 as one of the performers of GENERATIONS. Since then, he has appeared in films, live events and television programs such as Hirunandes on Nippon TV. From March 2022, he will be on a national tour, GENERATION LIVE TOUR 2022 “WONDER SQUARE”. Komori has been an enthusiastic listener of SCHOOL OF LOCK! since his teens and expresses a deep love for the long-running radio show.
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.
Kobara is a columnist and TV commentator, and also works as a YouTuber called "Pirozhki's," a foreigner living in the Kansai region. He identifies himself as gay and is an LGBTQ person.
In December 2020, he founded and became CEO of "Almost Japanese", an entertainment agency that develops talent and athlete management businesses based on the concept of diversity.
He is also the chairman of the board of directors of "Supporting foreign children to attend school".
[MC] Yumi Akamatsu (FM OSAKA)
Yumi entered the entertainment industry at the age of 11 and has been active in a wide range of TV, radio, and movies based in Osaka.
She made her full debut in 2004 as a newnew member of Kansai Television's "Riemura". She also took many acting lessons and appeared in many dramas, movies, and stage performances, and was selected as a main cast member in MBS's "Kazoku Zenzai".
In 2019, she announced her marriage in an FM Osaka program, and gave birth to her first child in 2021.
She is currently the main DJ for FM Osaka's "Aka-maru" and appears regularly on TV.
On her own YouTube channel, "Yumi Akamatsu's Meeting room" she talks about the realities of childbirth and child-rearing, and her talk from a listener-friendly perspective has gained support.
YouTube："Yumi Akamatsu's Meeting room"
The history of True Colors Festival will be showcased via a panel exhibit accompanied with links to interactive videos for your exploration.
Grand Front Osaka, Umekita Plaza Main Space
4-1 Ofuka-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka City
Directly connected to JR “Osaka Station” from the Central North Exit on the 2nd floor by the connecting deck.