"AXIS' work instructs the viewer in how to appreciate it, and the lesson is delivered with cogent force: Sympathy is irrelevant. Forget what isn't here, and pay attention to what is."
- Bruce Weber, The New York Times
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Founded in 1987, AXIS is the nation’s most acclaimed ensembles of disabled and non-disabled performers based in Oakland, CA. In 1998, Judith Smith took over Artistic Direction, and visioning a repertory company, quickly catapulted AXIS Dance Company into the dance world with a commission by Bill T. Jones followed by collaborations with Stephen Petronio, Yvonne Rainer, Ann Carlson, David Dorfman, Marc Brew, Meredith Monk, Joan Jeanrenaud and Fred Frith. Under her direction until 2017, AXIS toured to over 100 cities in the USA, Israel, UK, Europe and Russia. The Company has received seven Isadora Duncan Dance Awards and has appeared twice on FOX TV’s So You Think You Can Dance, exposing integrated dance to millions. In 2017, AXIS appointed acclaimed international choreographer and dancer Marc Brew to the position of Artistic Director. Brew comes to AXIS with over 20 years of performance and Artistic Direction experience and has since commissioned works by Amy Seiwert, Nadia Adame, Robert Dekkers and Arthur Pita.
Alongside our artistic performance program the Company provides unparalleled integrated dance education and outreach programs. From recreational to professional training, AXIS builds access to dance education for people of all ages with and without disabilities.
Press Photos with Credits
PRESS PHOTO #1: AXIS Dance Company, 2017. Photo by David DeSilva.
Dancers (left to right): Julie Crothers, Carina Ho, James Bowen, Liv Schaffer, Lani Dickinson.
PRESS PHOTO #2: AXIS Dance Company at Latham Square, Oakland, 2017.
Photo by David DeSilva. Dancers (clockwise from top): James Bowen, Liv Schaffer,
Dwayne Scheuneman, Carina Ho, Lani Dickinson, Julie Crothers.
PRESS PHOTO #3: AXIS Dance Company, 2017. Photo by David DeSilva.
Dancers (left to right): Lani Dickinson, Liv Schaffer, James Bowen, Carina Ho, Julie Crothers.
PRESS PHOTO #4: AXIS Dance Company, Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, Oakland, 2017.
Photo by David DeSilva. Dancers (left to right): Julie Crothers, Dwayne Scheuneman, James Bowen, Lani Dickinson.