UnseenSeen is an Outreach program created by DanceAbility Finland in 2013. The aim of the project is to introduce and inform people from different demographics of society about the DanceAbility method (who we are and what we do). We visit different places and give a performative presentation about DanceAbility, DanceAbility Finland and Kaaos company. Performing a short excerpt from our repertoire, showing our promotion video and teaching a workshop people get the direct experience of the method for themselves. We have presented UnseenSeen to people with disability, refugees, city social workers, physiotherapists and participated in festivals. As part of this project we have supported the initiation of kaiku, a weekly integrated dance class in Tampere. KAIKU – kaikille kuuluva tanssi. UnseenSeen is an ongoing project that we are continuing to develop nationally.
A further development of the UnseenSeen project is to increase cooperations with different organisations. To give further training possibilities in working with people from the DanceAbility perspective. Part of this project is to initiate the group Kaaos Emerging which will be a training program for people of difference to further develop skills they need to establish themselves as dance artists. Please see the Kaaos Emerging page in the Kaaos site.
Comments about UnseenSeen (Varjosta Valoon)
“UnseenSeen (Varjosta Valoon) provoked many thoughts about the right to the dance, and how enjoying movement can strengthen one’s identity. The verbal and dance demonstration were important and made an impression and it was good the students got to try DanceAbility for themselves.” Mari Rusi-Pyykönen, teacher, Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
“Thank you for the dance event, we had a very good experience and received good feedback from our clients. It provoked and opened them up to be able to talk about their own experiences of isolation.” Hanna Bussman, refugee counselor, Siuntio Group Home and Support Housing Unit (Finnish Red Cross/Units for Minor Asylum Seekers)
”Great human interaction, communication instructor himself learned new things about the human contact! And got to see new aspects of our old familiar customers. As an absolute teetotaler concerning dance I found myself doing a pirouette or two on the floor. So there is something about this!” Jaakko Salonen, communication instructor, Killinmäki (service home for intellectually disabled people)
”UnseenSeen (Varjosta Valoon) event was different, inclusive, experiential and full of joy! The demonstration opened up both to the workers and customers of our service home the possibilities hidden in the art of dance.” Anu Pohjaniemi and other occupational instructors, Killinmäki (service home for intellectually disabled people)
“The event was really liberating and a great experience. I had many prejudices against a body-based activity like that but they surely disappeared.” Metropolia Student.
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