AXIS Dance Company is pleased to announce that it has received NEFA'S National Dance Project Production Grant in the amount of $43,000 for the creation of a new work.
The New England Foundation for the Arts has awarded $940,000 in National Dance Project grants to support the creation and touring of new dance works throughout the United States. Along with Alonzo King LINES Ballet, AXIS is proud to represent the Bay Area as one of 18 dance artists and companies from across the U.S. selected from 137 competitive applications. These awards come with additional funding that will support the touring of the new work; these funds are available to U.S. nonprofit organizations through the National Dance Project Presentation Grant program. The funding package also comes unrestricted general operating support for each artist recipient, thanks to additional funding provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
"The issues this project addresses are timely. They are issues we each grapple with in our current era of extended US involvement in global conflict. Joe Goode and AXIS both have a reputation of presenting challenging cultural material in an accessible way", says Artistic Director Judith Smith. "As a company consisting of physically disabled and non-disable dancers, AXIS is well suited to tell this story. AXIS dancers will bring compassionate nuance and physical understanding to the sharing of how our collaborating veterans are learning to overcome adversity."
Since 1996, NDP has been a primary system of support for the contemporary dance field, supporting the production and touring of new dance works. In a field that has been historically under-funded, NDP remains the only national program dedicated to supporting individual dance artists and companies in a broad range of genres, whether established or emerging.
AXIS is one of the world’s most acclaimed and innovative ensembles of performers with and without disabilities. Founded in 1987, AXIS has become a jewel of contemporary dance and disability culture. We model the message that difference is an opportunity--not a limitation. Under the Artistic Direction of Judith Smith, the Company’s list of collaborators reads like a Who’s Who of contemporary dance— Bill T. Jones, Stephen Petronio, Joe Goode, Margaret Jenkins, Sonya Delwaide, Alex Ketley, Shinichi Iova-Koga/inkBoat, Victoria Marks, Ann Carlson, David Dorfman, Meredith Monk, Joan Jeanrenaud, Fred Frith and Dan Wool.
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