AXIS Dance Company Returns to DC, Challenging Preconceptions with a Contemporary Mixed Bill

AXIS Dance Company from Oakland, CA is one of the world’s most acclaimed and innovative ensembles of performers with and without disabilities.

The company will be performing at Dance Place on May 14 – 15. The mixed program will include Marc Brew’s Divide, a trio that draws inspiration from visual artist Carl Andre’s minimalist designs and a new dance theater work by Joe Goode, to go again, that brings to light issues facing our nation’s veterans and addresses their resilience following severe life changes.
About the Company
AXIS Dance Company was founded in 1987 and has become a jewel of contemporary dance and disability culture. The group has paved the way for a powerful contemporary dance form – physically integrated dance – performing in over sixty cities nationwide, as well as in Europe and Siberia. AXIS’ contemporary work inspires audiences and broadens perceptions of dance and disability.

Under the Artistic Leadership of Judith Smith, the Company’s list of illustrious collaborators includes Bill T. Jones, Stephen Petronio, Joe Goode, Joanna Haigood, Victoria Marks, Ann Carlson, Margaret Jenkins, Sonya Delwaide, Alex Ketley, David Dorfman, Shinichi Iova-Koga, Meredith Monk, Fred Frith and Joan Jeanrenaud.

AXIS has received seven Isadora Duncan Dance Awards and an additional nine nominations. AXIS also offers education/outreach programs for adults and youth of all abilities locally and on tour.

“There is no more defiant a land that I can think of than AXIS. They showed me what dance could be.” (Bill T. Jones)

The presentation of AXIS Dance Company was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts. This engagement of AXIS Dance Company is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

About Dance Place
Founded in 1980, Dance Place builds a community of artists, audiences and students through high quality performances, commissions, training and educational programs. We are committed to enriching the field of dance locally, nationally and internationally. Our thriving arts campus serves as an anchor in the development of our Brookland / Edgewood neighborhood in Washington, DC.

WHAT: AXIS Dance Company

WHEN: Saturday, May 14 at 8pm and Sunday, May 15 at 7pm

WHERE: Dance Place, 3225 8th St NE, Washington, DC 20017. Metro: Brookland-CUA (Red Line)

TICKETS: $15 – $30. Book online at or call 202.269.1600202.269.1600

For more information visit or call 202.269.1600202.269.1600

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