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TOURING Repertory (2015-2016  | 2016-2017)

AXIS is an internationally renowned repertory company. We are honored to commission some of the most highly respected contemporary choreographers who create new dances for us. The following are the four works that are available for performance in 2015-2016 and 2016-2017: 

to go again (2015) 

Choreography by Joe Goode 
Music composition by Ben Juodvalkis
Lighting design by Jack Carpenter

AXIS teams up with choreographer Joe Goode to create “to go again”, a new dance theater work that brings to light issues facing our nation’s veterans and addresses their resilience following severe life changes.

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In Defense of Regret (2015) 

Choreography by Maurya Kerr, Alex Ketley and Bobbi Jene Smith
Music composition by Emily Adams and Matan Daskal

In Defense of Regret was collaboratively created by three separate choreographers, Maurya Kerry, Alex Ketley and Bobbi Jene  Smith. Each Choreographer has a unique voice and interest in working with AXIS, but all three share a similar aesthetic sensibility regarding the idea that movement can be an amazing map of our interior landscapes, instead of creating dance through a more graphic or architectural vantage point.

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Divide (2014)

Choreography by Marc Brew
Original Score: Caroline Penwarden

Divide draws inspiration from visual artist Carl Andre’s designs working in minimalism: Spill, 8 cuts and Copper Ribbon. Divide is an abstract work exploring the divide in human interaction in movement, space and time.

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Dix minutes plus tard (2013)

Choreography Sonya Delwaide
Music Excerpt from Franz Schubert Andante for String Quartet No. 15 in G, D.887

This duet set to Schubert's Andante from the String quartet no 15 in G is Sonya Delwaide’s eighth work for AXIS Dance Company since 1998. Delwaide was the first choreographer from outside of AXIS to choreograph on the company. Her theatrical style and intricate partnering is evident in this dance for two women.

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Youth Show REPERTORY

AXIS offers mind-opening youth show and assembly performance programs showcasing innovative choreography that emphasizes collaboration among people of all physical abilities. Youth performances include interactive participation by audience members, excerpts from the company's repertory, and a candid Q&A with AXIS dancers about dance and disability. 

Just Add Water (2014)

Choreographed by Sophie Stanley
Text by Sophie Stanley
Sound Editing by Julie Crothers

Just add Water is a whimsical how-to guide for making and appreciating dance. A blend of poetry and camp, this work is intended for a young audience but can be enjoyed by anyone wishing to demystify the dance making process! 

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OTHER REPERTORY

While the following works are not currently available for touring, we invite you to explore our archival footage. Please contact AXIS staff if you are interested in commissioning the remounting of a specific work  from our repertory. 

2014

Trio A Pressured #X (2014)

From Trio A, 1966 Choreography by Yvonne Rainer

The Re-staging of Yvonne Rainer's Iconic Trio A. Famously protective of her work, Rainer has given permission to only a limited number of repetiteurs to stage the work, which for purposes of AXIS run will carry the title Trio A Pressured #X

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The Gift (of Impermanence)

Film (2014)

Filming & Editing: Alex Ketley
 

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Divide (2014)

World premiere from Guest Artistic Director Marc Brew, draws inspiration from visual artist Carl Andre’s designs working in minimalism: Spill, 8 cuts and Copper Ribbon. Divide is an abstract work exploring the divide in human interaction in movement, space and time. This is Brew’s first full piece with the company in his role of Guest Artistic Director. The UK-based choreographer first worked with AXIS in 2011 when the company enjoyed a huge success with his Full of Words, which went on to become a favorite on the company’s tours. 

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2013

The Reflective Surface (2013)

Choreographed by Amy Seiwert / Music: Original score composed by Darren Johnston

Bay Area choreographer Amy Seiwert pushes AXIS to a new level of rigor – beginning with a ballet foundation and transforming it with her unique quirkiness, kineticism and layered partnering. This quartet incorporates new risks for both AXIS and Amy.

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what if would you (2013)

Choreography: Victoria Marks

 

2012

Ricochet (2012)

Choreography: Sebastian Grubb

 

2011

Full of Words (2011)

Choreography by Marc Brew / Original Score: Dan Wool

“As if peering through the windows of three different rooms, UK-based choreographer Marc Brew challenges us to think about how we might exist with each other in passion and conflict. The physical conversations, encounters and interventions told through Brew’s edgy, intricate movement vocabulary, ask questions of what it is to be human and who might dance.“- Judith Smith

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find a way to fall II (2011)

Choreography: Sonsherée Giles

Commissioned for Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

 

 

 

The Narrowing (2011)

Choreography by Sebastian Grubb / Original Score: Michael Wall

“The Narrowing explores the nature of performance itself from the performer’s perspective. Utilizing gesture mashing, deconstruction, shifting perspectives and obstructing views, we examine the meaning of dance presentation and how it establishes or breaks down specific relationships.” – Sebastian Grubb

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2010

find way to fall (2010)

Choreography: Sonsherée Giles

Commissioned by Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

 

 

 

 

 

ODD (2010)

Choreography: Shinichi Iova-Koga with the Ensemble

Collaboration between AXIS Dance Company and inkBoat

Odd Nerdrums’s paintings generally feature the human figure most prominently, yet, there is a strong presence of land and sky and atmosphere deeply intertwined with the body. It’s this sense of non-separation that inspires me. We struggle to stand, we struggle with ourselves, we struggle to struggle. This is life. When we enter or exit this apparent world, our potential or our past becomes condensed into a sliver of time. We are the result of many lives, to which we are greatly indebted.  Thank you to Odd Nerdrum for providing this inspiration. – Shinichi Iova-Koga

 

2009

Bounce Back (2009)

Choreography: Janet Das

 

 

 

 

 

Light Shelter (2009)

Choreography: David Dorfman, in collaboration with the dancers

 David would like to acknowledge Judith Smith and Mollie McFarland for the loving continuance of conversation that made this project possible; Annika Nonhebel, Christy Thomas and the entire AXIS family for attending to every detail flawlessly and congenially; the core cast of AXIS for putting themselves on the line day after day in pursuit of truths; all the collaborators for making bold and generous contributions; and to all “donors” who have facilitated a moving experience that I will never forget.

Point to Something (2009)

Choreographed by Sonsheree Giles in collaboration with the dancers.

 

2008

Vessel(2008)

Choreography: Alex Ketley in collaboration with the dancers.

Vessel is a performance work using dance and voice to explore the concept that all aspects of our bodies, each and every cell, retain our memories and underlie our imaginations. In collaboration with AXIS, choreographer, Alex Ketley, and poet, Carol Snow, explored the idea that actual spoken language resides in movement and that a unique text could be accessed and accumulated through choreographed dance and directed improvisation. Vessel offered a fascinating collection of voices generated by the dancers from many different perspectives.  The dancers' spoken improvisations, drawn directly from movement, were recorded and then edited and organized by Carol Snow to provide the work's score.

One Breath is an Ocean for a Wooden Heart (2008)

Choreographed and Performed by: 

Lisa Bufano and Sonsherée Giles of AXIS Dance Company

 

A Room with No View (2008)

Choreography: Sonya Delwaide

 

To Color Me Different (2008)

Choreography: Alex Ketley

 

2007

Foregone (2007)

Choreography: Kate Weare

the beauty that was mine, through the middle, without stopping (2007)

Conceived, choreographed and written by Joe Goode in collaboration with the dancers

Assistant Director: Jessica Swanson

What do we see?  Is the actuality of the “seen” entity ever close to what we presume it to be? Is “seeing” somehow limited? Does it imply an unnecessary separation between viewer and viewed?  It has been my delight to explore these questions with my AXIS collaborators. I am indebted to them for their willingness to reveal themselves and to take this journey with me.

-Joe Goode

 

2006

Dancing to Music (restaged 2006)

Choreography: Victoria Marks

Dancing to Music was made in 1988 in the midst of a year-long Fulbright Fellowship in London.  This respite from New York came at a time when I badly wanted to strip movement down to it's most essential elements in an effort to better understand how meaning arises from movement.  When a friend played Wim Mertens' music for me, I wondered if I could dance to the music with my eyes, alone.  It was through the act of seeing that I felt I could best approach the emotional intensity that i heard in the music. – Victoria Marks

Waypoint (2006)

Choreographer: Margaret Jenkins with Melanie Elms

 

 

 

 

 

 

Room 5600 (2006)

Choreographer: Sean McMahon

In the process for Room 5600 we have studied the intersection between text and movement. All of the movement was generated from Ernesto Cardenal’s poem “Room 5600”. The movement vocabulary and timing were greatly influenced by the imagery and politics of Cardenal’s poem. The piece is about struggle. The dancers struggle with each other, with themselves. We all struggle through the choices that we make as we make our way through the world. 

 

 

2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terre Brune (Brown Earth) (2005)

Choreography: Sonya Delwaide

The inspiration for this quartet came from the work of two talented women artists : composer/performer Joan Jeanrenaud and French Canadian writer Marie Savard. The words and music brought strong images that started from a personal stand to a more global point of view. The challenge with "Terre Brune" was to use only four dancers to convey a sense of community and to still be able to bring it to a level of intimacy. -Sonya Dewaide (2005)

Terre Brune (Brown Earth)

Some brown earth

Some water of salt

the city moves

wounded

And the city is wounded

woven with green steeples

and the city is of earth

stamped and restamped

ah..

the city moves

wounded

-Marie Savard translated by Sonya Delwaide

 

2004

Two Lights  (2004)

Choreography : Alisa Rasera

Two Lights is a reflection of our earliest memories and how they attempt to define our history.  That history meets up with our present existence and alters our perceptions of what we thought the history was. In its simplest form, Two Lights examines the depths of a friendship and how it twists and turns over time.

Flesh (2004)

Choreography: Ann Carlson

Flesh is a performance meditation that draws its inspiration from three sources.  First from the mystery and hope in Meredith Monk's music.  Flesh is also loosely based on a short story by E.M. Forster, The Machine Stops.  Written in l909, The Machine Stops takes place sometime in this future.  In Forster's prediction, humanity lives in a giant underground, mechanized complex and is kept alive by the machine's intensive care.  The story unfolds around the relationship between a mother and son.  The mother along with most civilization, lives in glorious isolation, in touch with everything through swift technology; physical contact has become abhorrent and an encounter with the natural world tantamount to death.  Her son is subversively physical and manages to travel to the surface where he has encountered people still living on the earth.  It is here that Flesh begins, meditating on the survivors, the new surface dwellers who are clawing their way back through the memory of death and isolation to bring about yet another world, one without precedent, one with hope and fury.

 

Flesh is of course mostly inspired by the performers, themselves, who are their own kind of survivor and purveyors of a new world of radical physicality and outrage. - Ann Carlson

Decorum (2004)

Choreographer: Katie Faulkner

 

 

2003

Air Mail Dances (2003)

Choreography: Remy Charlip based on his Air Mail Dance scores

FacesConceived and danced by Alisa Rasera

Instructions to New York (as it were) – Conceived and danced by Shelley Senter and Isabel Cristo

Text taken from Fortunately by Remy Charlip

Dance with Three StepsConceived and danced by Stephanie McGlynn and Stephanie Bastos

Stairs designed and constructed by Walter Holden, Dave White and Barry Monigle

Costume Design: Lourdes Almaguer

Dance in a Wing Chair – Conceived by Megan Schirle and Leon Setti ∑ Danced by Megan Schirle and David McCauley ∑ Wing chair design and construction by Mario Alonzo

into/in, too (2003)

Choreography: June Watanabe

This work was inspired by the fragmented interior/exterior human landscapes of Chagall.

The partnering material evolved from the dancers improvisation

Dust (2003)

Choreography: Victoria Marks in collaboration with the performers

Wheels (2003)

Choreography : Alisa Rasera

 

2002

El ultimo adios (2002)

Choreography:  Nadia Adame

Sans Instruments (2002)

Choreography: Sonya Delwaide

Sale (2002)

Choreography:  Alisa Rasera

 

2001

Secret Ponies (2001)

Choreography:  Stephen Petronio

Secret Ponies is constructed as a series of 7 vignettes that are the result of our research together over a five week period. It was created for these five women from a score, a set of instructions or guidelines. Like the mythical horse, the wild animal that rides through our imaginations, unleashing movement and transporting us to the undiscovered, these are our Secret Ponies.’

-Stephen Petronio

Suite sans Suite (Part 2) (2001)

Choreography: Sonya Delwaide

Do Something! (2001)

Choreography:  Sonya Delwaide

UpSyncline  (2001) 

Choreography:  Alisa Rasera and Megan Schirle

 

2000

Fantasy in C Major  (2000)

Choreography Directed by: Bill T. Jones

 

1999

Chuchotements (Whisperings) (1999)

Premiered:  University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

January, 1999

Choreography:  Sonya Delwaide

Descending Cords  (1999)

Choreography Directed by:  Joanna Haigood, Artistic Director of ZACCHO Dance Theater. 

Spring 1940

One tree another tree

Each standing alone and erect

The wind and the air

Tell their distance apart

But beneath the cover of earth

Their roots reach out

and at depths that cannot be seen

The roots of the trees intertwine

Ai Quing

Jane Eyre  (1999)  

Conceived, choreographed and written by Joe Goode in collaboration with the dancers

 

1998

 

 

Ta Kala  (1998)

Premiered:  Summerfest/dance ‘98, Theater Artaud,

San Francisco, July, 1998.

Choreography Directed by: Stephanie McGlynn and Nicole Richter

 

1997

 

 

 

 

 

Hidden Histories/Visible Differences  (1997)

Restaged:  Internat’l Festival of Wheelchair Dance, Dance Umbrella, Boston, MA

Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama, June 12, 1997

Directed by:  Thais Mazur     Assistant Director:  Leigh Lightfoot

Choreography:  Tim Dreher, Bonnie Lewkowicz, Michael Perrault, Nicole Richter, David Russell, 3Megan Schirle, Uli Schmitz, Judith Smith, Takeshi Sakuma

 

1996

 

 

 

 

 

Hidden Histories/Visible Differences (1996)

Premiered: Bay Area Dance Series, Cowell Theater, San Francisco May 30-June 1

Directed by:  Thais Mazur     Assistant Director:  Leigh Lightfoot

Choreography:  Ingrid Bohnlein, Tim Dreher, Bonnie Lewkowicz, Michael Perrault, David Russell, Megan Schirle,     Uli Schmitz, Leon Setti, Judith Smith, Takeshi Sakuma

Historic Timeline: Nina Haft

 

1995

of Air (1995) 

Premiered:  Walker Arts Center/Southern Theater’s ‘Out There’ Festival, Southern Theater, Minneapolis, MN, January, 1995

Directed by:  Thais Mazur

Choreography:  Uli Schmitz and Lynelle Sjoberg

Vida Sintonia (1995)

Premiered:  Walker Arts Center/Southern Theater’s ‘Out There’ Festival, Southern Theater, Minneapolis, MN, January, 1995

Directed by:  Thais Mazur

Choreography:  Nina Haft, Bonnie Lewkowicz, David Russell, Megan Schirle, Uli Schmitz, Judith Smith

Prayer (1995)

Premiered:  Railroad Theater, Nonosibirsk, Siberia

Directed by:  Thais Mazur

Choreographed by:  Stephanie McGlynn and Megan Schirle

 

1994

Urban Survival (1994)

Premiered: Choreographer's Fellowship Showcase, Bay Area Dance Series, Laney College Theater, Oakland, CA

Directed by: Nina Haft

Choreography and Text:  Nina Haft, Lynelle Sjoberg, Judith Smith

 

 

The Way In (1994)

Premiered:  CAL Performances/University Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives’  Off The Wall Series, University Art Museum, Berkeley California, February, 1995. 

Directed by:  Thais Mazur

Choreography and Text:  Nina Haft, Bonnie Lewkowicz, David Russell, Megan Schirle, Uli Schmitz, Lynelle Sjoberg, Judith Smith

 

1993

Light (1993)

This dance is a study of illusionwith one dancer on roller skates wearing a floor length gown and the other dancer in a wheelchair.  The dancer wearing the roller skates appears to be hovering inches above the ground. Gestural dance is a major component, denoting the duality that each one of us faces.  Done in silence, a quote by Virginia Wolf ends the piece.