by MICHAEL J. OPPERMAN
On Friday, March 21, one of the world’s most innovate dance ensembles will be performing at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Under the artistic direction of Judith Smith, AXIS Dance Company “challenges the possibilities of movement.” Founded in 1987, they have paved the way for a powerful contemporary dance form called physically integrated dance.
The company of seven dancers – with and without disabilities, will be performing “what if would you” by Victoria Marks, “Full of Words” by Marc Brew and a new work by Amy Seiwert.
Through outreach programs, AXIS brings physically integrated dance outside the studio and into schools, community centers, independent living centers, and to countless organizations seeking to learn more about dance, disability and collaboration.
Awards, Nominations and Honors:
- One of five named ‘Best Dance Companies in San Francisco Bay Area’ by CBS San Francisco (Mar. 2011)
- Featured on an episode of FOX Television’s series, So You Think You Can Dance! (June 2011)
- Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Ensemble Performance: Rodney Bell and Sonsheree Giles, “To Color Me Different”, choreographed by Alex Ketley (2008)
- Isadora Duncan Dance Award for both Choreography & Company Performance: Joe Goode’s “The Beauty That Was Mine, Through the Middle, Without Stopping” (2008)
AXIS Dance Company. Presented by the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. March 21, 2014. Information at http://www.ordway.org