Art Works Blog

Across the Bay

March 17, 2010
Oakland, CA

Tomorrow Rocco wraps up the California leg of the Art Works Tour with a visit to Oakland, home to such diverse arts organizations as KITKA Women?s Vocal Ensemble, Stagebridge, and New Village Press. Also based in Oakland, Oakland's AXIS Dance Company defies easy explanation. As Artistic Director Judith Smith said in a 2009 interview with the NEA, "It's been really hard to figure out what to call this form of dance. We are not a wheelchair dance company. We are not a disabled dance company. We are a contemporary dance company that does physically integrated work, and by that I mean we have dancers that are disabled."

Sonsherée Giles spins on Rodney Bell's wheels in an award-winning dance piece by Joe Goode. Photo by Brian Rdzak-Martin

The award-winning troupe has been honored not just with numerous Isadora Duncan awards (for choreography, performance, and costume design) but also with a California Arts Council award for Dance Access, its model arts education program for youth and adults. Read our article on AXIS Dance Company in NEA Arts 2009,Volume 2.

AXIS Dance Company performs Waypoint by Margaret Jenkins, featuring Margaret Cromwell, Bonnie Lewkowicz, Sonsherée Giles, and Sean McMahon. Photo by Trib LaPrade

Want to see AXIS Dance Company live? Upcoming tour stops include March 26 at the University of Virginia (Charlottesville), April 10 at Montgomery County Community College (Blue Bell, Pennsylvania), and April 14 at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Geneva, New York). Visit the company's website to learn more.

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