Backstage Pass offers a new look at aging and dementia

The Imagination Network

Take an hour and a half out of your day to experience a new way to view aging and dementia.

On June 25 and 26, The Imagination Network presents Backstage Pass – a virtual online extravaganza of research, puppetry, dialogue, music, discussion, sculpture and more.

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Live shows run each day from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at

Backstage Pass provides a glimpse behind the curtain of three years exploring the lived experience of dementia.

In September 2017, The Imagination Network brought together a team of people to research and create a theatrical production that explored the lived experience of dementia through the ideas, creativity and ingenuity of those living it. The planned premiere was set for July 2020 at Good Samaritan Christenson Village, a 140-person care home in Gibsons.

After the COVID-19 pandemic hit, production plans were halted. Dauntless and determined, the group forged on. Pivoting like the rest of society to online platforms, a new plan emerged: Backstage Pass.

The Imagination Network describes itself as “a diverse group of artists (Deer Crossing the Art Farm), health-care professionals (Christenson Village), and academics (Douglas College) engaging in creative projects with older adults aiming to change the way we view and experience aging in our community.”

Founded on the belief that people of any age can contribute to their communities, “The Imagination Network amplifies the voices of our elders through cultural creation, public engagement, academic research and civic discourse to foster meaningful connections across sectors and transform how our society responds to aging and dementia.”

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