AXIS Dance Company is embarking on a collaboration with choreographer Joe Goode to share stories of the US veteran experience through dance. The collaboration will culminate in the creation of to go again, a dance theater work that will premiere at the Malonga Casquelourd Arts Center in Oakland in June 2015, followed by a national tour. to go again is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts, and lead commissioning by Geoff Fallon (a former Marine).
The inception of this idea came about when Artistic Director Judith Smith was approached by Geoff Fallon about doing a work focusing on the experience of veterans. Having just collaborated on a series of dance workshops for veterans in partnership with Palo Alto Veterans Hospital and American DanceWheels Foundation, Geoff’s idea immediately resonated. She though of Joe Goode, who coincidentally had recently completed a project with veterans at Kansas State University. As a company consisting of performers with and without physical disabilities, Smith felt AXIS’ ensemble of artists would be an effective vehicle for sharing the stories of veterans.
“There is a pressing need in our communities to frankly address how we are supporting our veterans who have returned from service or are still serving,” said Judith Smith, Artistic Director of AXIS Dance Company. “As concerned citizens, the veterans’ situation has weighed heavily on many of us. Members of our company know what it is like to live with challenges associated with disability and we believe the stories of veterans’ resiliency are important stories to share.”
The tour of this new work will be accompanied by movement workshops for veterans and community dialogue on issues facing veterans in our communities. AXIS Dance Company is seeking additional individuals and community partners to support the creation and the tour, which will run from June 2015-November 2016, and encourages interested parties to contact the company directly.