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Emmanuelle Valette-Matsumura (Leiya) is a choreographic artist and energetic therapist born in France.

Her approach is to express the movement of life in all its forms and to harmonize the 5 elements in the body that interacts with an environment and integrated into the universe. She experiments and researches the expression of the invisible and the sensitive, to mobilize the senses and to transcend emotions, and those with various media (movement, sensation, images, painting, photo, materials, memories). She explores a timeless space, incorporates nature and its functioning, and questions what it causes in itself to be an actor or a witness, as well as what changes / is transformed into oneself and into space.

Her dance character hope to transform and spread beautiful vibrations and to bring into a magical dream. Transform the time, space and conscious, help to experience a deep connection with nature and get back to simplicity.

She runs the company Otomi Namaste which offers energy therapy, workshop : meditative dance and ZenSound Travel experience, and performance/concert

She performs regularly on the experimental scene (Japan, France…), in exhibitions, festivals, and collaborate with various artists (calligraphy, musicians, fire dance…). 

Because of her enthusiastic personality to explore life with all it can offers and her enjoyment to learn and share knowledge, her career has been very eclectic and rich in experience, with many travels.

She works on a wide range of media and styles, bordering traditional and contemporary arts, with sens of humor, wit, off-beat, and a high sensibility. Her way of creating is intuitive and organic, on the present time, based on vision, sensations and images. The stimuli can be either internal or external such as sounds, visuals, contextual environments…


Since 2003 she has been performing for various private and public events in France and abroad : street performances (fire dance+percussion), traditional dance performances, cabarets, theater, festivals… She also did some contemporary collaborative work of instant creation with music group, performing art company, art galeries, during which she experimented the interaction of various medias, arts, and styles : movement / voice / painting, photography, retro-projection, video / music live / DJ..


His inspiration is rooted in his “nomadic” life experience with different populations in more than 30 countries. But also in the artistic and literary avant-garde dadaist and surrealist movements born at the beginning of the 20th century in Europe, the Orientalism artistic and literary movement of the 18th, the existentialist philosophical movement of the 20th century, bouddhiste and sufi philosophy, the acrobats and the circus, the idealism, the ancients cultures and aborigines, the silk road, shamanism and spirituality, the alternative way of living and educational system, and by the contemporary world with its beauty and its absurdities, its light and shadows …


She choreographed many performances with amateurs for cultural and social projects as the artistic director of Yalisaï association that she created in 2010 : a company that promote the encounter between the arts and support for personal development through art.

Involved for Ecology

Her work has a form of political commitment to the protection of the environment and ecology as well as respect for differences and freedom, with the hope of planting seeds by inspiring by his choice of alternative lifestyle in nature and his personal interests: picking, permaculture, seine and rational food, alternative education system, cosmetics and household products, processing / recycling …

Visual artist and medicin arts

From 2003 to 2010, she has been in the same time make-up and sfx artist on numerous movie shooting,  photo shoot, events and stage, body-painting, sculptor assistant, assistant of a lightning artist from Lyon (festival Utopist, Theater of the Celestins) and also a beauty consultant in perfumery specialized in make-up and perfume. Working with many fashion photographers in studio and in nature from 2003 to 2009, she has developed an appeal for artistic photography and uses it as an additional creative tool, just like drawing, painting, writing.

Cultural events

She has also worked in the backstage and production of cultural events for artist friends in France, Australia and Japan such as ballets, contemporary dance showcase, butoh performance, play, opera, painting exhibition, readings (poetry and music), trade shows …

From 2005 to 2015, in the same time she was performingteaching dance on weelky class or workshops, and traveling for her research about alternative medicines, she has been learning various techniques of energy, body and mind care in France and all over the world (massages, anatomy, herbal medicines, essential oil and Bach flowers, kinesiology, Body Mind Centuring, feldenkreis, qi qong, meditation…). For further informations about her training and graduation, please go to the page “Resume”.

Art and healing

In may 2018 created the company “Otomi Namaste“: a centre of body and mind care and an event organiser, related with well being, personal and spiritual development, with the use of alternative therapy and modern art therapy.

In the mean time she keep creating, dancing, participating to exhibition and artistic projects.

“Otomi Namaste” Healing offers you :

  • Complet energy treatment (various technics)
  • Private kinesiology sessions (physical and emotional stress release, muscles memory cleaning, reprogramming, eft and emdr, age recession, floral essence …)
  • Private session of organic dance (energy flow balancing thanks to dance movement)
  • Massages (Shiastu, Californian, Thai, Soft manipulation)
  • Relaxation / hypnosis and sound healing
  • Reiki Usui, Tibetan, Karuna training : 1 2 3 master
  • Sonotherapy (tuning forks, bcristal bowl)
  • Purification of living places

“Otomi Namaste” EVENTS offers you :

  • Healing Dance (danse organique)
  • Hypnosis and sound travel (healing meditation sound)
  • Meditative Dance (Sufi, Butoh, Ecstatic Dance)
  • Healing concerts
  • Foreign langage and arts pour enfants

These workshops and sessions are held in Japan, but are also open to travel!

See section “HEALING” and section “WORKSHOPS” in the site menu above.



“Let’s create bridge between cultures, countries, arts, human beings. Let’s travel amount time and space, ancien and recent… Let’s make arts a pray for a different world and for the futur we wants for the earth and his inhabitant, for humanity, for the all.”