Japan-Malaysia Collaborative Project for Dementia “Totsu-totsu Dance ~like art, like care”

Japan-Malaysia Collaborative Project for Dementia “Totsu-totsu Dance ~like art, like care”

Open to public to create awareness on the role of creative arts in dementia care

After the successful Introductory Talk Session in August, “Totsu-totsu Dance ~like art, like care”, a collaborative project between Japan and Malaysia, has run 5 workshops online, crossing physical expressions (dance and music) and dementia care. This December, the project will finally be conducted physically as the Japanese team will be visiting Malaysia.

In this project, JAREO Osamu, a Japanese dancer/choreographer with over 10 years of experience working with dementia patients and Kamal Sabran, an artist/researcher who has been researching the possibility of sound art interventions for dementia in Malaysia, are working together with people with dementia, their care partners and families living in Malaysia through a series of workshops and talks.

The Japanese team led by Jareo will be in Malaysia from 24 December 2022 till 3 January 2023 to join in an art festival and conduct workshops in Ipoh and Penang.

  1. Ipoh Healing Arts Festival 

One day art festival, in conjunction with Ipoh International Art Festival, curated by Kamal Sabran featuring Totsu-totsu Dance as well as other forms of healing arts.

Date: 29 December 2022 (Thu)

Venue: PORT Ipoh (No. 9, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Ipoh)

Admission: Free

*Please refer to the 2nd page for program lineup and details.

For further inquiries, please contact Kamal Sabran (016-553 3391).

  1. Totsu-Totsu Dance Workshop

    2 Public workshops by Jareo Osamu 

  1. Date & Time: 26 December 2022 (Mon) at 10am

Venue: Bagan Specialist Centre (Eldercare Centre), Penang

Participants: Dementia patients, care partners of dementia

Participation Fee: Free. Prior registration required.

  1. Date & Time: 2 January 2023 (Mon) at 10am

Venue: Bagan Specialist Centre (Seminar 1, Level 4, Block A), Penang

Participants: People who are interested in dementia care, care partners

Language: English and Japanese (with Japanese to English interpretation)

Participation Fee: Free. Prior registration required.

*For registration, kindly contact Dr. Cecilia (013-438 4388) or Ms. Ang (017-751 7808).

General Inquiry:

Official Website https://torindo.net/project/jp-my-totsu2-en/

E-mail totsu2.malaysia@gmail.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/series.totsutotsu

<Ipoh Healing Arts Festival @ PORT IPOH>




10am – 1pm

Sound Lab

Session 1: 10am-11am

Session 2: 11am-12pm

Session 3: 12pm-1pm 

Limited to 5 pax per session.

Prior registration required.

3pm – 5pm 

Totsu-totsu Workshop & Talk

by Jareo Osamu, Kamimura Megumi & Kamal Sabran

5pm – 6pm 

Reflections on Totsu-totsu by Mohd Asyraf & Raja Shabina followed by Wrap-up Session

8pm – 8:20pmPerformance 1 

Arif Ayab (Singapore)


8:30pm – 8:50pm

Performance 2

Che Mat Jusoh Adi Guru

9pm – 10pm

Performance 3

Jareo Osamu, Kamimura Megumi & Kamal Sabran

*Admission is free to all the programs.

  Registration and inquiries: Kamal Sabran (016-553 3391)

What is Totsu-totsu Dance?

Since 2009, the previous project “Totsu-totsu Dance” in Japan has brought together dance workshops and dance performances by Osamu Jareo and elderly residents of Graceville Maizuru, a special nursing home for the elderly in Kyoto Prefecture, as well as the facility staffs and local community members. In Japan, it is also attracting attention as a new potential approach to dementia care.

The word “Totsu-totsu” is named after the Japanese words meaning “faltering” and “unsophisticated”, evoking the image of “slowly, wavering and hesitating”. This project is not a “dance” that seeks perfection of sophisticated physical expression, but rather an experimental project of day-to-day bodily communication.

Organized by: Agency for Culture and General Association (Japan) and torindo In cooperation with: 

  • School of The Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • C&S Associates Aged Care Consultancy and Training Malaysia
  • PORT (Ipoh International Art Festival)
  • Special Nursing Home for the Elderly, Graceville Maizuru
  •  The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur


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