The University of Texas at Austin

AXIS Dance Company

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Dance Company
Marc Brew, Artistic Director

Presented in partnership with Art Spark Texas 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 Californiland. 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

Radical Impact Tour Promo from AXIS Dance Company on YouTube.

Fun Facts:

  • 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 Dance 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 helped launch AXIS in 1987 and she grew the Company to be the nation’s leading physically integrated dance ensemble.
  • 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.
  • AXIS Dance also recently premiered is Petrichor– the smell of earth after rain by Jennifer Archibald. This program, offers snapshots of intimate connections and pushes the dancers of AXIS to face how gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.