Remember When,12th October 2012, Banff Castle, Banff
This work is inspired by the effects of dementia on the individual, not solely the deterioration of the person’s memory but the misconceptions that others have about the disease. Research led Gemma to spend time with people who have dementia and I am now seeking to discover other ways of interpreting their life experiences.
Gemma Williams worked in the North East of Scotland delivering dance workshops as a therapeutic and enjoyable way for people with dementia to communicate, connect to others and express themselves.
These workshops are for the people with dementia, carers and staff to share an activity together allowing the participants to connect; using the creativity of dance and the arts. These sessions also help people to reconnect to memories through expressive movement. Memories can often be stimulated by music as it resonates with a part of someone’s past.
Gemma performed for the groups using their life experiences as stimulus for my choreography and in this way they are involved and part of the performance and most importantly can connect to what they see.Dance enriches the quality of life by giving people an opportunity to participate in an enjoyable activity, which uses rhythm and movement and allows for self-expression; having fun is important.
During a residency at CityMoves, Aberdeen; Gemma created a piece of choreography based on people with dementia’s life experiences, compiling audio recordings of these. These have been used as a stimulus for the work and provided an audio backdrop to the finished piece. The resulting work was performed at Banff Castle, Banff, at the Deveron Diners Dementia Cafe provided by Alzheimer Scotland North Aberdeenshire services.