Online workshop and performance: ‘Dance Oto’ and ‘We Belong’

Online workshop and performance:

‘Dance Oto’ and ‘We Belong’

by Matsumoto Takeshi

 , dance performer and choreographer from Japan.  

[As part of BICT on(line) the MOVE 2021]

Workshop: Dance Oto
[Date-time]14 November 2021 (Sun) / 15.30-16.30 hrs. (GMT+7).
*the recording of the workshop was streamed until 30 November 2021
[Language] Japanese with Thai and English interpretation
[Suitable for] kids 3 years old plus and their families
[Number of participants] 14 families
[Platform] Zoom meeting
*Watch the recording at
[Free of charge]

Performance: We Belong
[Date] available from 5-14 November 2021
*the VDO on-demand was streamed until 30 November 2021
[Duration] 7:06 min
[Suitable for] kids 3 years old plus and their families
[Platform] VDO on-demand at
[Free of charge]
[Viewer] 241 views

Bangkok International Children’s Theatre Festival 2021, with the support of the Japan Foundation, Bangkok, presented online workshop and performance, by Mr. Matsumoto Takeshi, a Japanese inclusive dance artist. The workshop was on Sunday 14th November from 15.30-16.30 hrs. (GMT+7) and the performance was from 5-14 of November via online platform. The VDO recording of the workshop, and the performance was available at until the end of November.

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Workshop:Dance Oto Workshop
A dance and drawing workshop for children aged over 3 years old and their families. ‘Oto’ means ‘sounds’ in Japanese. In this workshop, Takeshi Matsumoto invited family participants to listen to the sounds of the violin Takeshi played and respond to the sounds playfully through drawing and moving which helped children develop their movement, musical and creative skills. This was another fun activity that encouraged families to spend time together and created a unique art piece that belongs to your family.

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Performance: We Belong
We Belong was a contemporary dance film, made with and for stateless children in Thailand, exploring their sense of belonging, identity and growth. This film aimed to help vulnerable children and young people to have agency and visibility, reaching out to wider audiences on the global level to raise awareness of the stateless people.

Matsumoto Takeshi
founder of Seven Circles

Matsumoto Takeshi

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.
On a local level, he has been engaged with dance projects for and with children and adults with learning disabilities (SLiDE, Icandance, RADiate) and people living with dementia (working with another artist, 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.

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Bangkok International Children’s Theatre Festival
BICT team, a small group of theatre practitioners and arts managers, has been delivering high quality performing arts experiences to children and families in Thailand since 2016. Their first all-digital edition BICT on(line) the MOVE, took place on 5-14 November 2021 on As BICT Fest 2021’s focus is on theatre and children’s creative development, leading up to the festival was a 2-day webinar in September that examined the relationship between theatre and education in a range of contexts. From imaginative performances to artistic workshops and stimulating artist talks and panel discussions, the festival was sure to move and excite both the young and their grown-ups. Highlights included brand new productions by Thai artists and innovative work by international artists. BICT on(line) the MOVE invited audience to tap into their imagination, journey to different ‘virtual schools’ – from puppetry, storytelling, dance, and magic performances to arts and craft workshops. Moreover, all of the programs were FREE OF CHARGE!

Organized by the Bangkok International Children’s Theatre Festival 2021 with support from the Japan Foundation, Bangkok

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