Investing in Disabled Choreographers
The AXIS Choreo-Lab (“the Lab”) will take place IN-PERSON June 13-24, 2022! This year’s Choreo-Lab is being offered in two locations – New York City and the Bay Area, in partnership with The Joyce Theater. Two choreographers will be chosen for each Lab (4 choreographers total). The application for the 2022 Lab is now closed.
Nadia Adame, AXIS Artistic Director will serve as Mentor for the Berkeley, CA Lab. Jerron Herman, award-winning dancer, writer, choreographer will serve as Mentor for the NYC choreographers. A selection panel made up of the Mentors and a representative from The Joyce 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 AXIS Choreo-Lab offers an in-person and/or virtual inclusive environment where established, disabled artists mentor their peers to challenge boundaries and create perception changing art. The Lab provides studio space, dancers, and administrative support for every choreographer. This opportunity also includes ongoing mentorship and professional development support in the months following the Lab.
Adame and Herman will share their experience and choreographic fundamentals during the Lab. They will serve as mentors while participants explore 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, and project and stage management.
Participating choreographers will receive a $1,000 fee for their participation, as well as transportation and lodging stipends during the Lab, and a professional development stipend to be used within the the year following the Lab.
The AXIS Choreo-Lab is sponsored by 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: 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.