AXIS Dance Company hosted an invitation-only 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, 2016.
During three days of conversations among key stakeholders from the field of physically integrated dance, participants explored the opportunities for integrated dance and barriers to dance for dancers with physical disabilities. This landmark event welcomed physically integrated dance experts from the UK, whose exemplary programming offered innovative models and fruitful directions for physically integrated dance in North America.
This event was 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 engaged the talents of National Arts Consultant Jennifer Calienes, formerly of the Maggie Allesee National Center of Choreography. AXIS also engaged Debra Cash, Executive Director of Boston Dance Alliance, who managed the research and documentation that supported the convening's planning and evaluation. Dance/USA assisted with both outreach and research dissemination. Gibney Dance was our venue partner.
AXIS Dance Company with consultant Debra Cash of Boston Dance Alliance, and our colleague Jo Verrent of Unlimited - the world's largest commissioning program for disabled artists (http://weareunlimited.org.uk) - have collaborated on a compendium of information for artists, educators, producers, funders and others interested in the issues of dance that includes people with disabilities. We are in the process of expanding this bibliography through work at our National and Regional Convenings. Access the bibliography and submit your own additions here.
Following the May 2016 convening, the national conversation continued in a series of six regional Town Halls throughout the USA, linking the national conversation to grassroots and established activity happening at the local level.
New England Regional Convening |Wheels UP! New England Town Hall on Physically Integrated Dance
June 15, 2016 - Boston, MA
Hosted by Boston Dance Alliance
Southwestern and Mountain States Regional Convening
September 9, 2016 - New Mexico
Hosted by Keshet Dance Company
Midwestern Regional Convening
October 1, 2016 - Chicago, IL
Hosted by Access Living, Loyola University Chicago, Bodies of Work/University of Illinois at Chicago, & Momenta Dance Company
Southern Regional Convening
October 22, 2016 - Tampa, FL
Hosted by University of South Florida, REVolutions Dance, & VSA Florida
Mid-Atlantic Regional Convening
November 12, 2016 - New Brunswick, NJ
Hosted by Rutgers Dance Department
West Coast Regional Convening
December 10, 2016 - Oakland, CA
Hosted by AXIS Dance Company and Dancer's Group
Supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Arts and Disability Center at the University of California Los Angeles.