This month, Oakland’s AXIS Dance Company celebrates 25 years of physically integrated dance and leading-edge contemporary choreography. Dance Magazine gave a nod to this historic occasion with a news item by yours truly.
ODD integrates dancers in wheelchairs and on foot.What’s in a name? AXIS, the name of Oakland’s renowned physically integrated contemporary dance company, plays on the turning axes of wheels and on accessibility; before it formed in 1987, world-class opportunities for dancers with disabilities were few. For choreographers like Joe Goode, Margaret Jenkins, Sonya Delwaide, and now Shinichi Iova-Koga, AXIS Dance Company also means access to uncharted dimensions of creativity. “We realized early on that instead of having disabled dancers in the company being a limitation, it actually opened up this huge potential for movement and partnering and ensemble work,” said artistic director Judith Smith. Combining dancers in wheelchairs and dancers on foot, AXIS achieves speed, fluidity, inventiveness, and freedom that other companies can’t match.
AXIS “presents a completely different body than I’ve been working with, and that gives us a whole new series of investigations that we can get into,” said Iova-Koga, choreographer of ODD, a new evening-length piece inspired by the moody, figurative paintings of Norwegian artist Odd Nerdrum and performed by an ensemble of dancers from AXIS and Iova-Koga’s award-winning company inkBoat.
Read the rest of this preview in the East Bay Express.
Sneak a peek at AXIS Dance Company’s latest work, “ODD,” choreographed by Shinichi Iova-Koga/inkBoat and performed with guest dancers from inkBoat, at the company’s August 26 open rehearsal and fund-raising reception. Meet the artists and bid on an array of good stuff like jewelry, art, theater tickets and much more (preview the auction items)—proceeds support AXIS’s award-winning integrated dance and classes for dancers of all abilities.
AXIS Open Rehearsal/Reception & Silent Auction
Thursday, August 26th, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice Street, Oakland
It’s easy to get there by BART, and there’s ample street parking. Click here for directions.
Please RSVP by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the AXIS fall home season and premiere of “ODD”:
November 5-7 at ODC in San Francisco
November 12-14 at the Malonga Casquelourd Center in Oakland
Upper photo courtesy of Andy Moog, 2003.