Marc Brew, Artistic Director
Presented in partnership with VSA Texas and Body Shift and KUT-FM
Prepare to leave all your preconceptions at the door!
AXIS Dance Company, one of the world's most acclaimed and innovative ensembles of performers with and without disabilities, will change the way you think about dance and the possibilities of the human body forever. Founded in 1987 and based in Oakland, California, AXIS has become a jewel of contemporary dance and disability culture. AXIS has paved the way for a powerful contemporary dance form—physically integrated dance—performing in over 100 cities in the US, Israel, UK, Europe, and Russia.
For their Austin debut, AXIS will perform a new work, and first international commission, titled Alice in Oakland. AXIS Artistic Director Marc Brew will work with UK-based dance theater artist Arthur Pita on this piece that explores the growing rate of homelessness and conditions homeless individuals face in the Bay Area. AXIS dancers will serve as a vessel to portray these intimate stories.
Fearless and contemporary, and inventive and reinvigorated. AXIS is breaking artistic ground.
– San Francisco Chronicle
- AXIS Dance Company has received seven Isadora Duncan Dance Awards and has appeared twice on FOX TV’s So You Think You Can Dance.
- Part of Axis Dancy Company’s mission is to create opportunities locally and abroad for people with disabilities to engage in dance by championing access, inclusion and equity for people with disabilities in dance and in the community.
- Founding Member and Artistic Director Emerita Judith Smith was disabled in a car accident at age 17 and discovered her passion for dance after discovering contact improvisation in 1983.
- In 2017, AXIS appointed acclaimed international choreographer and dancer Marc Brew to the position of Artistic Director. Marc Brew comes to AXIS with over 20 years of performance and Artistic Direction experience.