A site- specific journey through an urban garden

Choreographed by renowned site artist Stephan Koplowitz
With an original score by Pamela Z & costumes by Callie Floor

AXIS Dance Company, Dancers’ Group and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival are pleased to present Occupy - A site-specific journey through an urban garden, July 1-2, 2017. Occupy is inspired by the history, design and architecture of Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco and the unique movement capabilities of AXIS Dance Company and their extended cast of performers. Featuring twenty disabled and non-disabled performers, Occupy offers both an immersive and expansive experience. All performances are free, but RSVP is encouraged.

Saturday and Sunday, July 1 & 2, 2017
Guided Performances at 12pm & 2:30pm
Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens
Mission St. between 3rd & 4th Sts.
San Francisco, CA

FREE - RSVP encouraged

Occupy is the first event in a series of programs commemorating AXIS Dance Company’s 30th Anniversary.  It also marks AXIS Founder and longtime Artistic Director Judith Smith’s final commission. Smith passes the torch to AXIS’ new Artistic Director Marc Brew after nearly 20 years at the helm, and moves into a multi-faceted advocacy role as Founder & Director.


Wheelchair accessible event
No pets - certified companion or service animals exempted

About Stephan Koplowitz

Stephan Koplowitz is an award winning director/choreographer/media artist known for his work on stage, film and site. His site work aims to alter people’s perspectives of place, site, and scale, all infused with a sense of the human condition and is concerned with the intersection of natural, social and cultural ecologies within urban and natural environments. Since 1984 he has created 87 works (60 commissions) performed in the US, Europe and Asia. He is the recipient of an Alpert Award in the Arts, Guggenheim Fellowship, “Bessie Award” for “Sustained Achievement” and six NEA Choreography Fellowships. Recent works include commissions from La Mama Umbria International, The Ohio State University, San Diego Trolley Dances, to name a few. In August, 2017, he will premiere a multi-media site based work for over 50 performers in an historic mill factory for the Bates Dance Festival’s 35th anniversary. Learn more

About Dancers' Group

Dancers’ Group promotes the visibility and viability of dance. Founded in 1982, it serves San Francisco Bay Area artists, the dance community and audiences through programs and services that are as collaborative and innovative as the creative process. As the primary dance service organization in the Bay Area, Dancers’ Group supports the second largest dance community in the nation by providing many programs and resources that help artists produce work, build audiences, and connect with their peers and community. Learn more

About Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival is dedicated to enhancing the vitality and quality of life in parks and public spaces of Yerba Buena Gardens and SF through the curated presentation of admission-free artistic, community and cultural programs. Artistic excellence, accessibility, inclusion, and innovation are the hallmarks of YBGF, which strives to ensure that our audiences have the opportunity to gain greater understanding of diverse art forms and cultural heritages. Learn more