Investing in Disabled Choreographers
The AXIS Choreo-Lab (“the Lab”) will take place in-person at AXIS’ home base in Berkeley, CA Tuesday, May 30 – Saturday, June 10 2023! Four Choreographer Fellows will be selected to participate.
APPLICATIONS OPEN JANUARY 3, 2023
In order to be considered for the Choreo-Lab Fellowship, you must be available for the duration of the Lab, identify as a disabled choreographer, reside in and be legally able to work and receive payment in the United States. (AXIS does not provide visas for international artists.) The deadline for applications is Wednesday, February 22, 2023. Applicants will be notified starting March 1, 2023.
A selection panel made up of the two Lab Mentors and two Artistic Advisors will curate participation in the Choreo-Lab based on applicants’ artistic goals, interest in advancing their choreographic practice through the Lab, and potential opportunities to develop and present work moving forward.
The goal of the AXIS Choreo-Lab Fellowship is to develop, refine and advance the artistic skills of disabled choreographers. The Lab offers an inclusive environment where established, disabled artists mentor their peers to challenge boundaries and create perception changing art. During the Lab, participants will be led through a creation process stemming from their own concept, collaborating with an integrated group of performers including AXIS dancers and professional dancers from the local community. The Lab provides studio space, dancers, and administrative support for every choreographer. This opportunity also includes ongoing mentorship and professional development support in the year following the Lab.
Lab Mentors will share their experience and choreographic fundamentals. They will guide participants in exploring their ideas to structure tasks, improvisational scores, generate material, develop accessible language, and compositional structures. The Lab also includes Professional Development sessions with industry leaders in the fields of grant writing/development, presenting, project and stage management, and disability social justice.
Participating choreographers will receive a $1,000 fee for their participation, with additional stipends to be used for studio rental for prep in advance of the Lab, travel, and per diem for those from outside of the Bay Area. Fellows are eligible to receive a professional development stipend to be used within the year following the Lab.
The AXIS Choreo-Lab is made possible with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Click on a link below to learn about choreographers, mentors and dancers from past virtual and in-person Choreo-Labs.
Mentors: Jerron Herman & Nadia Adame
Choreographers: x, Audre Wirtanen, Sonya Rio-Glick
Mentors: Alice Sheppard and Marc Brew
Choreographers: Ben Levine, Dawn States, Kayla Hamilton, Octavia Rose Hingle, and Peter Trojic.
Mentors: Nadia Adame and Marc Brew
Choreographers: Stephanie Bastos, Pelenakeke Brown, Michelle Mantione, and Ellice Patterson.
Mentor: Marc Brew
Choreographers: Toby Macnutt and Neve Kamilah Mazique-Bianco
Mentors: Caroline Bowditch and Marc Brew
Choreographers: Julie Crothers, Laurel Lawson, Perel, Toby MacNutt, Neve Kamilah Mazique-Bianco, Mark Travis Rivera, and Alice Sheppard.