Festival 2021

Takeshi Matsumoto Club Origami

  • Stanley Arts
  • Fri 8 October 2021
  • The Albany
  • Sat 9 October 2021
  • The Place
  • Sun 10 October 2021
  • Watermans Arts Centre
  • Sun 17 October 2021
  • artsdepot
  • Sun 24 October 2021
  • Admission: Tickets prices and times may vary, please see venue site for details
  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Age guidance: Recommended for ages 5 and under

View Programme

Rip, fold and scrumple!
Shall we see what we can make with a single square of paper?
As you scrunch the paper, see how your imagination begins to dance…

Dive into the magical world of Club Origami, an immersive and interactive dance show inviting family audiences to create, imagine and explore whole new ways of thinking, playing and moving. Dance, fashion and live music meet the magic of origami to sweep us up on a spirited and inspiring adventure in a land made purely of paper and play.

Club Origami Craft Workshops with Charlotte Cranidge

Join us in the front of house spaces for free drop-in craft activities before and after the show. Have fun with ripping, wrapping, scrumpling, shaping, sculpting and folding to make your own amazing creations!

“Full of imagination, creativity springing from an empty page.”

Photos by Summer Dean

Club Origami is commissioned by Little Big Dance, a pioneering national initiative creating new dance work for under fives and their families, led by South East Dance in partnership with DanceEast, Take Art and Yorkshire Dance and supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Arts Council England

Co-commissioned by Dance Umbrella, Birmingham Hippodrome and Strike A Light

With support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

A Dance Umbrella Orbital London Tour in partnership with artsdepot, Stanley Arts, The Albany, The Place and Watermans Arts Centre


Reviews +

“This imaginative stage show is ripping fun for under-fives, who will be mesmerised by the paper birds and monsters”

“The perfect way to introduce young children to the world of dance and the freedom of expression that comes with movement”

Booking Details +

Tickets prices and times may vary, please see venue site for details

Stanley Arts
Fri 8 October 2021
Performance times: 11am & 1pm
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The Albany
Sat 9 October 2021
Performance times: 11am, 1pm, 3pm
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The Place
Sun 10 October 2021
Performance times: 11am, 1pm, 3pm
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Watermans Arts Centre
Sun 17 October 2021
Performance times: 11am, 1pm, 3pm
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Sun 24 October 2021
Performance times: 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm
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Venue and Access Info +

Stanley Arts
12 South Norwood Hill
SE25 6AB

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The Albany
Douglas Way
Deptford, London

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The Place
17 Duke’s Road

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Watermans Arts Centre
40 High St

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5 Nether Street
Tally Ho Corner
N12 0GA

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Production Credits +

Performer-collaborators Takeshi Matsumoto, Makiko Aoyama, Robert Howat

Dramaturg Lou Cope

Mentor Rosie Heafford

Set and lighting design Ben Pacey

Costume design Giulia Scrimieri

Special thanks to children who participated in making of Club Origami from Mile Cross Infant School, Pakefield Primary School and The Triangle Nursery.


Club Origami craft workshops devised and facilitated by Charlotte Cranidge, through the support of the D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

Biographies +

Takeshi Matsumoto

Photo Summer Dean

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.

Makiko Aoyama

Makiko Aoyama was born in Aichi, Japan and moved to the UK in 2000. She graduated from Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds in 2005. Since then, she has been working with Lea Anderson (The Cholmondeleys) for over 10 years; works include Yippeee!!!, Russian Roulette, Games Time, Hand In Glove, Trying It On, Ladies And Gentlemen.

Other works and collaboration with artists include Requardt and Rosenberg’s Electric Hotel, The Simple Things in Life, Phenomenal People, all produced by Fuel Theatre; Everything That Rises Must Dance, directed by Sasha Milavic Davies and produced by Complicite; Clod Ensemble On The High Road.

Robert Howat

Robert Howat is a composer/arranger and musician based in London. As a performer he works alongside choreographer Beatrice Allegranti, in a project supported by the Arts Council, performing bespoke Participatory Dances across London – for people living with young onset dementia. He also runs a monthly night performing improvised soundtracks to films and video games at the Rosemary Branch Theatre and writes and gigs with funk and soul band, THUMB.



  • I thought this looked wonderful, and I was about to book. But then I saw that it was for the under 5s, and I’m 73!

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