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INVISIBLE BEAUTY

SOCIAL PROJECT FOR PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA.

Directed by AFAGI and AI DŌ PROJECT. 

Supported by  EUSKO JAURLARITZA, GIPUZKOAKO FORU ALDUNDIA. 

Collaborators DANTZAGUNEA, MUSIKENE, ERRENTERIA MUSIKAL. 

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Invisible Beauty is a project developed by AI DŌ PROJECT for people with dementia, created in 2013 for the Association of Relatives and Friends of People with Alzheimer's and other Dementias of Gipuzkoa (AFAGI). The project is nowadays accomplished in collaboration with Dantzagunea and Musikene

Dantzagunea is the service of the Gipuzkoa Regional Government providing facilities for both education and dance creations within the province of Gipuzkoa (Basque Country, Spain). 

Musikene is the Music Conservatory of the Basque Country.

WORK WITH ATTENDEES.
WORK WITH ATTENDEES.

Dancers Carmen Fumero and Leire Otamendi instructing the attendees during a seminar at Auditorium Musikene.

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WORK WITH ATTENDEES.
WORK WITH ATTENDEES.

Dancers Myriam Perez, Paula Marinez and Leire Otamendi interacting with an attendee during a seminar at Auditorium Musikene.

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WORK WITH ATTENDEES.
WORK WITH ATTENDEES.

Interaction with the attendees during a seminar at Dantzagunea.

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WORK WITH ATTENDEES.
WORK WITH ATTENDEES.

Dancers Carmen Fumero and Leire Otamendi instructing the attendees during a seminar at Auditorium Musikene.

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Gallery 1: Working together with the attendees.

PERFORMANCES DURING THE WORKSHOPS.
PERFORMANCES DURING THE WORKSHOPS.

Miguel Ballabriga during the performance of "En Picado".

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PERFORMANCES DURING THE WORKSHOPS.
PERFORMANCES DURING THE WORKSHOPS.

Workshop at Musikene Auditorium.

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PERFORMANCES DURING THE WORKSHOPS.
PERFORMANCES DURING THE WORKSHOPS.

Miguel Ballabriga and Carmen Fumero during their performance of "Eran casi las dos".

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PERFORMANCES DURING THE WORKSHOPS.
PERFORMANCES DURING THE WORKSHOPS.

Miguel Ballabriga during the performance of "En Picado".

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Gallery 2: Performance of dance pieces.

REHEARSALS AND PRELIMINARY WORK.
REHEARSALS AND PRELIMINARY WORK.

Preliminary visit to AFAGI and first encounter between musician Lourdes Tormo and people with Alzheimer´s disease.

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REHEARSALS AND PRELIMINARY WORK.
REHEARSALS AND PRELIMINARY WORK.

Preliminary visit to AFAGI and introduction of musician Irene García to the workshop attendees.

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REHEARSALS AND PRELIMINARY WORK.
REHEARSALS AND PRELIMINARY WORK.

Actress Loreto Mauleon and dancer Iker Arrue during the rehearsal of "TOC" at Dantzagunea.

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REHEARSALS AND PRELIMINARY WORK.
REHEARSALS AND PRELIMINARY WORK.

Preliminary visit to AFAGI and first encounter between musician Lourdes Tormo and people with Alzheimer´s disease.

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Invisible Beauty is a series of creative seminars utilising contemporary dance to stimulate cognitive responses and memory recognition in people with dementia. The workshops were initially designed to be carried out at the Associations of Families of People with Alzheimer 's and other dementias (AFA). Still, due to the development and new collaborators, the seminars are nowadays celebrated at Musikene Auditorium and Dantzagunea

Through the new collaboration with MUSIKENE, two essential elements to the original structure were added: a short dance performance adequate to the attendees and a pedagogical programme for young musicians and dancers. Through the pedagogical programme, we are now offering musicians from Musikene Conservatoire and dancers (stagers) the opportunity to take part in the project, proposing to them not only an approach to the style and way AI DŌ PROJECT dance company works but also showing them a different path they could follow in the future as professional musicians and dancers. 

The specific goals of the project include:

• The delay of the degenerative process of the disease.
• The integration of people with dementia into cultural life.

• To offer the specialists of AFAGI new tools and exercises that are included in their daily schedule within the association.
• The development of a Pedagogical Project for music and dance students.
     

Each seminar is conceived according to a specific topic. Through it, people with dementia are presented with a series of elements that stimulate their physical and emotional memory.

Artists that are already collaborating on the project and with the dance company include singer EMMA BONNICI (London), actors LORETO MAULEON (Donostia) and CARLOS SERRANO (Alicante), choreographer MICHAEL CARTER (Sydney, Australia), pianist MARITERE BALERDI (Donostia) and dancers DÁCIL GONZÁLEZ, JAIOTZ OSA, MIGUEL BALLABRIGA to name a few. 

In addition to the participation of students from Musikene, other artists of different disciplines will be invited to participate in the seminars.

The first seminar was carried out in July 2013 in San Sebastian. 

Gallería 3: Rehearsals and preliminary work. 

AWARDED on the "2019 Euskadi Lagunkoiak Buenas Prácticas Awards".

Invisible Beauty_seminars 2019
Invisible Beauty_seminars 2019

Photo.: Asier García.

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Invisible Beauty_seminars 2019
Invisible Beauty_seminars 2019

Photo.: Asier García.

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Invisible Beauty_seminars 2019
Invisible Beauty_seminars 2019

Photo.: Asier García.

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Invisible Beauty_seminars 2019
Invisible Beauty_seminars 2019

Photo.: Asier García.

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PHOTO GALLERY OF THE 2019 SEMINARS 

OPEN DAY SEMINAR

Once a year, the company offers an open presentation of the project. During the presentation, the methodology and work carried out in the seminars are shared with the attendees. 

 

In the presentation, AI DŌ PROJECT dance company performs  the choreographies specifically created to be performed for the seminars.

 

PREVIOUS OPEN DAY SEMINARS:

  * 12th Sep. 2018   -   Teatro Principal de San Sebastián.

  * 09th Aug. 2019   -   San José, Costa Rica. 

  * 03rd Oct. 2019   -   Centro Cultural de Hondarria. 

  * 11th Oct. 2019   -   Aquarium San Sebastian. 

  * 19th Dic. 2019    -   Conserv. Prof. de Danza de Cádiz.

  * 29th Sep. 2021   -   DCUM, ERASMUS + / Holland.

  * 08th Jun. 2022    -   Matia Fundazioa / Aquarium San Sebastian. 

Open seminar_12th Sep.2018
Open seminar_12th Sep.2018

Photo.: Asier García.

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Open seminar_12th Sep.2018
Open seminar_12th Sep.2018

Photo.: Asier García.

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Open seminar_12th Sep.2018
Open seminar_12th Sep.2018

Photo.: Asier García.

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Open seminar_12th Sep.2018
Open seminar_12th Sep.2018

Photo.: Asier García.

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THE 2018 OPEN DAY SEMINAR IN PICTURES.

THE 2018 OPEN DAY SEMINAR.

THE 2020 OPEN DAY SEMINAR.

INVISIBLE BEAUTY DOCUMENTARY (2018)

Intending to present the project and as a tool for normalisation and awareness-raising, in 2018, the company made a short documentary about the work carried out so far. It features testimonies from relatives of people with Alzheimer's and those affected by the disease themselves. The documentary has been shown in various countries and programmes by foundations and associations linked to Alzheimer's disease.  


Despite the difficulties in publishing material of this nature, activities to normalise the disease are an essential part of the project. The translation of this documentary into several languages reflects the urgency of generating a more significant impact on society. This impact will translate into improving the quality of life of those affected.

FULL LENGTH INTERVIEWS OF THE DOCUMENTARY : 

(available only in Spanish)

IKER ARRUE

CO-DIRECTOR OF THE PROJECT

AFAGI

CO-DIRECTOR OF THE PROJECT

MARI JOSE TELLERIA

CULTURAL DIRECTOR OF GIP. REG. GOVERNMENT

COLLABORATOR (DANTZAGUNEA)

CARMEN FUMERO

INVITED DANCER

MIREN AÑARGA

DIRECTOR OF MUSIKENE MUSIC CONSERVATORY

COLLABORATOR

LOURDES TORMO

MUSIC STUDENT AT MUSIKENE

CONCHI

PERSON WITH ALZHEIMER´S DISEASE

FÉLIX

PERSON WITH ALZHEIMER´S DISEASE

DANCE PIECES PERFORMED DURING THE WORKSHOPS

INVISIBLE BEAUTY

05 / 2016

 

INVISIBLE BEAUTY

02 / 2017

 

INVISIBLE BEAUTY

02 / 2018

 

INVISIBLE BEAUTY

10 / 2016

 

INVISIBLE BEAUTY

11 / 2017

 

INVISIBLE BEAUTY

04 / 2018

 

INVISIBLE BEAUTY

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