AXIS Dance Company December Newsletter

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     Changing the face of dance and disability 


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Dear Friends,

As 2016 draws to a close, AXIS looks back on our 29th season with pride. From our cultural exchange in Israel, to our ten city US tour, to our youth assemblies, and to our veteran outreach programs, AXIS has provided over 140 opportunities to witness physically integrated dance of the highest caliber. Our historic National Convening and six Regional Convenings brought together over 300 activators across three generations in the field of physically integrated dance. Galvanizing the field to work together, these think-tank style convenings considered ways to increase equity, inclusion, and access to dance for people of all abilities. Finally, our professional training programs brought over seventy dancers and educators from around the globe to our Summer Intensives and Teacher Training Institutes.

On the eve of our 30th Anniversary season and a new presidency, AXIS has resolved to deepen our efforts to ensure equity for everyone in this country with our emphasis on people with disabilities. We look forward to bringing you innovative artistry, education, and advocacy programs in the new year, including our first ever Intensive Program on the East Coast. We are counting on your support as we move dance and disability culture forward. Stay tuned for exciting news in the new year!

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Happy Holidays,

Judith Smith, Artistic Director and Founder


San Francisco Movement Arts Festival
gracecathedral 2Friday, January 20th, 7-8:45pm – $25-45 Tickets
Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., San Francisco

AXIS will perform short excerpts of its current repertory along with 125+ local artists in dance, theater, music, and visual arts. SFMAF is celebrating the movement arts and turning the entire Cathedral into a stage – including the main floor, attached chapels, hallways, stairways, and front entry way. Look for AXIS at the Labyrinth performing in rotation with other artists throughout the full event. Learn more about the San Francisco Movement Arts Festival

Our Configurations: Performance at Gibney Dance Center, NYC

March 4th – Stay tuned for more info!
Featuring works by disabled and non-disabled artists and companies:
AXIS Dance Company, Fractured Light, and Marissa Perel.

DANCE WITH AXIS (Bay Area workshops & classes)

Join AXIS Dancers for Company Class
companyclassJanuary 3-6 and 9-13, 10-11:30am – $5 cash only
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, Studio E
1428 Alice St. Suite 200, Oakland, CA 94612

AXIS launches 2017 with professional company class daily at the Malonga Center in downtown Oakland. Advanced level dancers interested in working in an integrated setting are invited to join us for this limited time offer. Learn more and register.

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The Body as Site Workshop with Stephan Koplowitz,
critically acclaimed choreographer/director
_-207selectThursday, January 19th 1-4pm
Co-presented with Shawl-Anderson Dance Center &
held at the Malonga Center
$40 – early registration deadline December 25th

This workshop is a great intro to Stephan Koplowitz’s choreographic approach and a great feeler for dancers interested in auditioning for AXIS’ ensemble cast work with Stephan Koplowitz (more info below).  Register

Community Dance Jams return in 2017

DSC_0542 2January 23rd TBD & February 13th, 6-8pm – $12
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, Studio E
1428 Alice St. Suite 200, Oakland, CA 94612

AXIS’ Community Dance Jams return in 2017! Join AXIS Company Dancers and community members for a night of contact improvisation in an inclusive and welcoming setting. No one turned away for lack of funds. Learn more

Audition for a new site-specific work by Stephan Koplowitz
36d15f6532d3be7d031888cb1a373ffdAuditions: February 4, 2017, 10am-1pm & 2pm-6pm
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts in Oakland

Performances: July 1 & 2, 2017 in San Francisco

Is it your dream to perform with AXIS? Now is your chance! AXIS seeks experienced dancers with and without disabilities for a new site-specific work, directed/choreographed by Stephan Koplowitz and with an original score by Pamela Z. Learn more & RSVP

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LEARN WITH AXIS (East Coast Workshops & Classes)

AXIS & Gibney Dance present Dance4All:
AXIS’ first ever three day Intensive on the East Coast

March 6-8th – $300
Gibney Dance Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center
280 Broadway, New York, NY 10007

AXIS is thrilled to continue its partnership with Gibney Dance in New York City! AXIS first connected with Gibney Dance Center last May when they hosted AXIS’ National Convening on the Future of Physically Integrated Dance. This March, Gibney will host AXIS’ first ever three day intensive in NYC at their Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center. Visit our website for more info.

AXIS Teacher Training: The Fundamentals
Hosted by Gibney Dance, NYC

March 8th, 5-8pm
Gibney Dance Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center
280 Broadway, New York, NY 10007

This is a three hour teacher training for teaching artists interested in integrating inclusive practices into their classrooms. Visit our website for more info.

California Shakespeare Theater seeks performers with disabilities 

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Cal Shakes seeks performers with disabilities for the role of Laura Wingfield in August Wilson’s The Glass Menagerie, running July 8-30, 2017 in Orinda, CA. Submit materials by December 19th. Learn more

Are you a dancer, choreographer, or performing artist with an upcoming event in the Bay Area? Contact us for cross-promotion opportunities at [email protected].


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