AXIS Dance Company is hosting a national convening to discuss the future of physically integrated dance in the United States with key stakeholders in the field at Gibney Dance in New York City, May 16-18.
During three days of conversations among key stakeholders from the field of physically integrated dance, participants will explore the opportunities for integrated dance and barriers to dance for dancers with physical disabilities. This landmark event will also welcome physically integrated dance experts from the UK, whose exemplary programming offers innovative models and fruitful directions for physically integrated dance in North America.
AXIS Dance Company co-curated and performed in the only other convening of this kind in the USA, The 1st International Festival of Wheelchair Dance produced by Dance Umbrella in Boston in 1997.
This event is made possible through the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Fund for National Projects. “AXIS has redefined who dances and how dance is made in this country—and in doing so has inspired and challenged audiences and artists across the country,” said Ben Cameron, Program Director for the Arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. “We are delighted to recognize their artistic, visionary leadership and to support them with this grant.”
To support the production of this convening, AXIS Dance Company has engaged the talents of National Arts Consultant, Jennifer Calienes, formerly of the Maggie Allesee National Center of Choreography. AXIS has also engaged Debra Cash, Executive Director of Boston Dance Alliance, who is managing the research and documentation that supports the convening’s planning and evaluation. Dance/USA is lead media partner, and will assist with both outreach and research dissemination. Gibney Dance is our venue partner.
Following the May 2016 convening, the national conversation will continue in a series of up to six regional Town Halls throughout the USA linking the national conversation to grassroots and established activity happening at the local level. Regional dance service organizations and artists should contact AXIS directly for more information.