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In  2009,  out  of  the  need  to  find  a  choreographic  language  that  could  satisfy  specific  choreographic  concerns,  AI  DŌ  PROJECT  was created  with the support of the  Basque  Country  Government.  AI  DŌ  PROJECT merges together contemporary dance and Aikido to create a unique style and way of approaching movement.

The word "aikido" is formed of three kanji characters that are used in the modern Japanese writing system:


  • 合 – ai – joining, unifying, combining, fitting.  

  • 気 – ki – spirit, energy, mood, morale.

  • 道 – dō – way, path.


AI DŌ (合道) PROJECT  integrates the production of new contemporary dance works whilst teaching technical classes, workshops and repertoire to students and professional  dancers  in several countries, such as:  Anton  Bruckner  Privatuniversität  (Linz, Austria),  Institut  del  Teatre  (Barcelona, Spain),  CSDMA Dance Conservatoire (Madrid, Spain),  SEEDS (Girona, Spain),  LaCantera (México DF),  Academia  de  la  Danza  Mexicana (Mexico DF), CODARTS (Rotterdam, Netherlands) and Folkwang (Essen, Germany). 

Since the founding of AI DŌ PROJECT several creations and collaborations stand out:

                              [fi: l] dance production.  Denmark, 2009.

                              Instants que Moren.  Spain, 2009.

                              Uke Nage.  Spain, 2010.

                              (im)possibilities.  Holland, 2011.

                              Verfallen.  Spain, 2011.

                              Ojos en la nuca.  Spain, 2012.

                              Invisible Beauty.  Spain, 2013.

                              Portraits of the Belle Époque. Spain, 2013.

                              Please, Meat, Me.  China, 2014.

                    In front of the mirror I stand all alone.  México, 2014.

                    119.104. Spain, 2014.

                    Invisible Beauty. Spain, 2014.

                    Newman. The Netherlands, 2015.

                    Grooming. Spain, 2015-16.

                    Speaking Walls. Spain, 2016.

                    Plummet. Germany, 2017.

                    Ed.Elgar. Spain, 2017.

                    Schubert. Spain, 2019.


Born in San Sebastian, Basque Country - Spain, Iker Arrue first studied architecture before immersing himself in the world of dance. 


As a dancer, he has worked with several choreographers in Spain, Holland and Denmark.


As a creator, he has collaborated in projects with media artists,  musicians, sculptors and theatre   playwrights  in  places  like   Mexico,  China  and  Switzerland.  He  has  also  been member   of    Dance  and  Performativity,   a  series  of  lectures  proposing   an  analytical  gaze  on  contemporary  dance while  trying  to  answer  some questions  in  the  field  of  philosophy and aesthetics.

Iker has taught several technical classes and workshops in professional companies, such as: 10&10 Danza (Spain), Aracaladanza (Spain) Neuertanz (Germany), National Dance Company of Costa Rica (Costa Rica), FTS Folkwang (Germany) and A Poc A Poc Danza (México).


Currently  he  is  house choreographer of AI DŌ PROJECT,  an  initiative  supported  by the  Basque     Country     Government      for      the      development     of    projects     where contemporary dance and Aikido merge in order to develop a new choreographic language.