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I discovered movements that I didn’t know I had in me

Wheelchair Dancer / True Colors DANCE participant

Kenta Kanbara

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August 03, 2020

By dancing in the workshop, I discovered movements that I didn’t know I had in me. I have a disability called Spina bifida which requires a wheelchair for everyday life. So, my forte in dancing is using my upper body to its fullest, like doing handstands on the wheelchair. But in the workshop, I was able to use my back even more flexibly and developed a sliding movement like rolling backward. I haven’t used my back much before, so it was exciting to see the possibility of my movements broaden. I’m sure there will be many more talented performers in True Colors Festival. It’s such a great opportunity, I hope a diversity of people would see our out-of-the-box performances.

True Colors DANCE ~No Limits~

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True Colors Festival 2020/2021

True Colors Festival (TCF) presented by The Nippon Foundation is a series of performing arts events presented across geographies, in celebration of diversity and inclusion as “One World One Family.”

Through festivals since 2006 in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, and Japan, TCF has presented more than 1,100 performing artists from more than 30 countries and attracted more than 40,000 people.

The re-start of TCF 2020/2021 marks its commitment to tap on the power of the arts to connect artists and audiences in experiences such as music videos, film screenings, children’s programs, musicals, concerts, and workshops.

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