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Workshop for Professionals with dance artist Takeshi Matsumoto 24 May 2022

Explore how to use your creativity and inspire young audiences with dance artist Takeshi Matsumoto. The Ark and Dublin Dance Festival present a dance workshop for professionals interested in working with young audiences.

Join Takeshi Matsumoto for a workshop exploring a multi-disciplinary practice in working with and making performances for children and young audiences.

Combining contemporary dance, somatics, meditation and dance movement therapy practice, participants are invited to reconnect with their own senses, creativity and playfulness through dancing, drawing, reflecting and sharing.

This workshop is suitable for professional dancers and dance students interested in creating work for young audiences.

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About Takeshi Matsumoto

Takeshi Matsumoto is a Japanese inclusive dance artist, performer and choreographer. He is also a qualified dance movement psychotherapist, having experience in working with children with autism and learning disabilities both in the UK and Japan. Growing up in Japan, his practice both in life and performing art is influenced by 和-Wa, harmony, peacefulness, quiet and contentment ways of living and balancing with others and environment.

As a dance performer Takeshi has worked with Christian Duarte, Henry Oguike, Darren Johnston, Beatrice Allegranti, Paul-Andre Fortier, 2nd Hand Dance and is a long term collaborator with Hagit Yakira.

Takeshi has also been engaged with dance projects for and with children and adults with learning disabilities (SLiDE, Icandance, RADiate) and people living with dementia (Beatrice Allegranti) in the UK. On a global level, he has led dance projects for families who survived nuclear disaster in northern Japan and stateless refugee children in Thailand collaborating with other artists.

He continues to explore possibilities of dance and performance as a way of acknowledging differences and creating mutual understanding with particular emphasis on empathy, communication, empowerment and body mind integration.