The heart of AXIS is the commissioning, creation, and performance of contemporary dance developed in collaboration with disabled and non-disabled dancers. AXIS builds the bridge between contemporary dance, integrated dance, and disability culture.
Choreographed by award-winning Spanish Choreographer Asun Noales, Desiderata explores the idea of desire as something universal and intimate at the same time. Epiphany of the being that looks, listens, vibrates and touches another body. Universe that is revealed by discovering the other.
an alt waltz of the flowers growing on the brink of mass extinction.
Archibald offers snapshots of intimate connections and pushes the dancers of AXIS to face how gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
Arthur Pita and his long-time collaborator set and costume designer Yann Seabra have developed an aesthetic that effectively reaches audiences and invites them to look deeper at social issues and question our culture and society.
Historias Rotas (Broken Stories) explores how our stories start with our ancestors: their struggles, their tears and their smiles. They have paved our road and our journey contains their broken stories.
In Defense of Regret was collaboratively created by three separate choreographers, Maurya Kerr, Alex Ketley and Bobbi Jene Smith. Each Choreographer has a unique voice and interest in working with AXIS, but all three share a similar aesthetic sensibility regarding the idea that movement can be an amazing map of our interior landscapes, instead of creating dance through a more graphic or architectural vantage point.
Through a revue collection of snippets, excerpts and remembrances, dancers meet, interact with each other through movement and then part.
Bay Area choreographer Amy Seiwert pushes AXIS to a new level of rigor – beginning with a ballet foundation and transforming it with her unique quirkiness, kineticism and layered partnering. This quartet is sure to incorporate new risks for both AXIS and Amy.
What do we see? Is the actuality of the “seen” entity ever close to what we presume it to be? Is “seeing” somehow limited?
A duet created by Lisa Bufano and Sonsherée Giles, is informed by the relationship between physical transformation and identity. In this performance, the dancers wear 28″ wooden stilts secured to their arms and legs, constructed from queen-Anne style table legs.
The inspiration for this quartet came from the work of two talented women artists : composer/performer Joan Jeanrenaud and French Canadian writer Marie Savard.
Two Lights (2004) | Choreography by Alisa Rasera
Decorum (2004) | Choreographer: Katie Faulkner
Flesh (2004)| Choreography: Ann Carlson
Air Mail Dances (2003) | Choreography: Remy Charlip based on his Air Mail Dance scores
Dust (2003) | Choreography: Victoria Marks in collaboration with the performers
Wheels (2003) | Choreography: Alisa Rasera
into/in, too (2003) | Choreography: June Watanabe
El ultimo adios (2002) | Choreography: Nadia Adame
Sale (2002) | Choreography: Alisa Rasera
Sans Instruments (2002) | Choreography: Sonya Delwaide
Secret Ponies (2001) | Choreography: Stephen Petronio
Do Something! (2001) | Choreography: Sonya Delwaide
UpSyncline (2001) | Choreography: Alisa Rasera and Megan Schirle
Suite sans Suite (Part 2) (2001) | Choreography: Sonya Delwaide
Fantasy in C Major (2000) Choreography by: Bill T. Jones
Chuchotements (Whisperings) (1999) Choreography: Sonya Delwaide
Jane Eyre (1999) | Conceived, choreographed and written by Joe Goode in collaboration with the dancers
Descending Cords (1999) | Choreography Directed by: Joanna Haigood, Artistic Director of ZACCHO Dance Theater.
Ta Kala (1998) | Choreography Directed by: Stephanie McGlynn and Nicole Richter
Hidden Histories/Visible Differences (1997) | Directed by: Thais Mazur, Assistant Director: Leigh Lightfoot
of Air (1995) | Directed by: Thais Mazur, Choreography: Uli Schmitz and Lynelle Sjoberg
Prayer (1995) | Directed by: Thais Mazur, Choreographed by: Stephanie McGlynn and Megan Schirle
Vida Sintonia (1995) | Directed by: Thais Mazur, Choreography: Nina Haft, Bonnie Lewkowicz, David Russell, Megan Schirle, Uli Schmitz, Judith Smith
The Way In (1994) | Directed by: Thais Mazur Choreography and Text: Nina Haft, Bonnie Lewkowicz, David Russell, Megan Schirle, Uli Schmitz, Lynelle Sjoberg, Judith Smith
Urban Survival (1994) | Directed by: Nina Haft, Choreography and Text: Nina Haft, Lynelle Sjoberg, Judith Smith
Light (1993) | Ready To Go (1993)
Corazon Madura del Sombre (1993) | Directed by: Nina Haft
Opening (1992) | Tellings (1992)
Stares, Stairs, and Other Aberrations (1992) | Navigation (1992)
Helix (1991) | In This Body (Restaged 1991)
Red Dress (1991) | On The Rim of the Well (1990)
Ellipsis (1990) | Bamboo Tiger (1990)
Wheels (1989) | In This Body (1988)
Celebrating Life (1988)