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The MUN presents in Madrid the 'notebookde Creación' dedicated to Jon Maya, a book that covers the creative process of the trilogy 'A puerta cerrada' (Behind Closed Doors).

The artist, the Museum's Director of Performing Arts, Teresa Lasheras, and the editor Ibis Albizu took part in the meeting, which took place at conference roomBerlanga.

FotoPilarBravo/Teresa Lasheras, Jon Maya and Ibis Albizu at presentationof the book.

05 | 05 | 2022

The Museo Universidad de Navarra has presented this Thursday at the conference roomBerlanga in Madrid the notebookof creation dedicated to the choreographer and dancer Jon Maya, director of Kukai Dantza. The book covers the creative process of the trilogy Behind closed doorsa co-production of the Museum and the dance company. The artist was accompanied at meetingby Teresa Lasheras, Director of Performing Arts and Music at the Museum, and the editor and philosopher Ibis Albizu. Also present was José Manuel Garrido, director of the Collection and of the Museum's Performing Arts and Music areauntil 2020. The presentationwas supported by the Fundación SGAE and FECED (Federación Estatal de Compañías y Empresas de Danza).

Halfway between a logbook, notebook, fileand a catalogue, the work provides an insight into the creative universe of the choreographer and dancer and provides clues and context.

The work, halfway between a logbook notebook, fileand a catalogue, has been edited by Albizu, in a workmade together with the artist. A puerta cerrada emerged as a response by the MUN and Kukai Dantza to the pandemic, through three shows: Today and tomorrow are yesterday y Situationsboth choreographic-audiovisual pieces that were trained online; and Gauekoak: chronicle of a confinementwhich could be enjoyed in the theatre. 

In Maya's words, the book "reflects very well what we are. We created a contemporary creation based on our origins, traditional Basque dance. When I look at notebookI feel very identified, I see it as very much ours, and that's the best thing that can happen to you". The choreographer and dancer also recalled the genesis of project, having always been clear that his workis "live", but they felt that, faced with confinement and restrictions, they had to find other ways to continue contributing through dance. This is how project came about, hand in hand with the MUN and inspired by photographs of 1920s Roncalesas by José Ortiz Echagüe, whose bequesthouses the centre.

For her part, Teresa Lasheras highlighted the important value that dance has had in the museum since its beginnings, which "brings together the visual arts with the living and performing arts". She also underlined the MUN's vocation to accompany artists in their creative processes, as can be seen in this project. "The creative residencies are one of our hallmarks through which we seek to generate knowledge, facilitate the artists' workand generate a link with the public. And this collection tries to respond to these three great missions", he explained.

The editor Ibis Albizu pointed out that this work "communicates to the public something that is normally hidden from them": "The creative processes are important in themselves because they open a window to get to know the artists as they really are. It's like looking at the notes of a writer, who in this case is a choreographer". Along these lines, he pointed out that there is a didactic and also an aesthetic mission statement, for enjoyment. "It is a reflection of the choreographic universe of Kukai Dantza and Jon Maya and is a record of their way of creating", he said.

 This brings to four the number of volumes in the collection notebookde creación, promoted by the Museum. The works of Javier Martín, Itsaso A. Cano and Dani Pannullo, which form part of the Museo Museo Universidad de Navarra collection under the Trama imprint publishing house.


The book can be purchased at the Museum shop or online: