WATCH: Maltese Dancer With Down Syndrome's Touching Performance Will Make Your Day

Mara Gauci is proving that you can overcome all of life's obstacles

Maltese performing arts company Opening Doors is breaking boundaries and proving that anything is possible when you put your mind to it.

Maria Gauci, a dancer with Down Syndrome, collaborated with a professional dancer based in Malta (Kostas Papamatthaiakis) to choreograph and perform this touching piece of contemporary dance. This video is the result of a separate initiative called Artivisti who provided Maria and 9 other artists under the age of 25 funding to expand their creative potential and opportunities.

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The dance is the result of a creative collaboration between Maria and Kostas

It came about after the two met and explored some ideas in the studio over six rehearsal sessions before filming this video. The song they are dancing to is A Song About Loss (en sang om at miste) by Aleandro Spiteri Monsigneur, the pianist from local band Red Electrick.

Opening Doors in a not-for-profit, non-governmental arts organisation that provides opportunities for adults with diverse intellectual needs. The association’s ethos is to promote creative processes and artistic skill with adults with learning disabilities, which is why all their projects engage adults with learning disabilities in processes that facilitate the creation of their own work and aesthetic. In the most awesome way, Opening Doors manage to empower these people to take ownership of this work and process.

And you can very clearly see this ethos and process in Maria's latest video.

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If you are looking to donate to Opening Doors, all the information you need is here

You can also do so by sending an SMS to the following numbers;

  • 50618077 – To donate EUR4.66
  • 50619218 – To donate EUR11.65

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Steffie Weenink

Steffie is a fan of equality and the arts. She's also partial to a meme or two. And she drinks a lot of tea.