Axis Dance

The MetLife Foundation is AXIS Dance Company’s National Tour Sponsor

AXIS began in 1987 when founding Artistic Director Thais Mazur had the great idea and creative vision to gather a group of dancers with and without disabilities to explore dance and create a performance piece. In its first decade the Company developed a new, innovative movement vocabulary distinctly its own and a language for speaking about and teaching “physically integrated” dance. In its second decade, AXIS set out to radically increase the artistic quality and range of its repertory by commissioning world-class choreographers from outside the company as well as continuing to support its in-house choreographers. Since 2001 the company has collaborated with and commissioned works by such innovators as Bill T. Jones, Stephen Petronio, Joe Goode, David Dorfman, and Meredith Monk. Now entering its third decade, AXIS’ vision is to remain a leader in the emerging field of physically integrated dance. AXIS wants its work to challenge traditional definitions of “dance,” “dancer” and “ability” to expand dance to include an entire community that has been virtually left out of the performing arts. AXIS has performed and taught throughout the United States as well as in Germany, Siberia, Slovenia and Croatia, earning international praise for its high artistic and educational standards and groundbreaking movement vocabulary.

“…So irresistible has been AXIS’ rise that one long ago stopped marveling at how these performers transcend handicaps…In fact, one attends their concerts with the expectations one brings to any superior repertory modern dance company.”
– Voice of Dance

Funded in part by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation.

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