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Thursday, June 16, 2011

AXIS Takes It Outdoors!

Read on for: OutBound, 'Shaking' from Annika, Board Member & Intern profiles, & AXIS on Tour!
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AXIS Takes It Outdoors!

AXIS is taking it outdoors this summer as we present two works in OutBound, our first everLuizaSilva8296_web Outdoor Performance Season!  And why would we want to perform outdoors on concrete, grass and at the whim of the elements? For one, works that we create for stage are impossible to replicate on hard surfaces, so designing site-specific outdoor work is new terrain and stretches us as artists. Also, our work gets exposed to large numbers of people that have never seen AXIS before, or anything like us for that matter. These performances will be free to the public and are AXIS’ opportunity to give back to the community. OutBound adds something new and different to our season.
Don’t miss find way to fall II at Yerba Buena Gardens Festival on Saturday June 25th from 1-3pm. Choreographed by SonsherĂ©e Giles, this work is made in the garden and features AXIS dancers with 30 dancers from our fabulous AXIS community. Live music will be composed and performed by Caroline Penwarden and Jennifer Harper.  This piece was a hit at last year’s festival and you will want to be there!
You’ll have four opportunities to catch our second outdoor work The Dislocation Express that brings AXIS and artists from Dandelion Dancetheater together. Directed by Eric Kupers with a script and songs by Kimiko Guthrie, this extravaganza looks at questions of fate vs. randomness, the possibility of love at first sight, obsession and longing, and the role of social media in our present-day lives. Catch a ride with us at BART stations throughout the Bay Area.  Details below!

by Judy Smith

Save These Dates - See AXIS Live! 

find way to fall II
Sat. June 25th, 1-3pm, FREE
As part of the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival on the Esplanade
Meet & Greet at Jillians at the Metreon - Join Dancers and Community Members for this post performance no host drinks meet & greet. 101 4th St., San Francisco, CA 94103 at 3:15pm.
** Make a Day of It! Scroll down to see the other shows AXIS recommends on this same day.

The Dislocation Express
AXIS Dance Company with Dandelion Dancetheater
July 24, 27, 29, 30 at 6pm, FREE
All performances begin at the Ed Roberts Campus (connected to the Ashby BART Station) in Berkeley and then performers lead the audience to a new location via BART trains. For up to date information visit our Performance Page.
AXIS 2011 Home Season Performance
Fri. & Sat. Oct. 7 & 8, 8pm
Sun. Oct. 9, 2pm
Malonga Casquelourd Center, Oakland, CA
See the world premiere of Full of Words created for AXIS by UK-based Choreographer Marc Brew.

Popping & Shaking
by Annika Nonhebel

interaction with children_Ilona_Sturm It rarely happens that we get to perform our youth assembly program for a predominantly adult audience, but last Friday during AXIS’ Open Rehearsal and Silent Auction we did. And it was so much fun. We wanted to give AXIS’ supporters a look into our youth education program and what better way than by showing some pieces and asking them to participate.  We performed Bounce Back, a piece created by our own Janet Das, which teaches kids about creating dances. During a short skit Janet taught the audience a phrase to dance with us from their seats: “Shoulders up, shoulders up, tilt head right, left, right, wink one eye, wink the other, wave your right hand and say “hello” and wave your left and say “hola.” From the wings I could see all the shoulders popping, the heads shaking and the hands waving. So much fun!

But the highlight of this Education Demonstration was Stone Soup: our way of showing what dance improvisation means. During Stone Soup I invite the dancers on stage to create a connected group shape, I start the music and give them descriptive words to inspire their movement. After I tell the dancers to freeze, it’s time for some volunteers to come on stage and join us. And on this special night we had our teens Alison, Annie and Michelle join us. The girls have been taking dance classes with us for years and it was so much fun to have them dancing with the dancers on stage. Proud moms and radiant young ladies were the result. What else can one wish for?

To learn more about the different components of our education/outreach program visit our website.

Intern Profile: Kristin Rooney

KristinRooneyStarting my summer (or ‘Juneuary’ as Judy refers to it) in the AXIS office has been both a pleasure and a welcomed challenge.  As a dancer, I am grateful for the opportunity to learn about the business of running a dance company and AXIS is a great model.

I have to say, I love the location of the office.  Not glamorous by any means but communal, pleasant and family oriented.  Nearly every person I have passed on Alice Street has given me a smile, a ‘good morning’ or a ‘hello’.  I have seen parents playing with their children on the sidewalk and just yesterday I witnessed the cutest pug I have ever seen running circles of joy around her laughing owner.  I can’t quite put my finger on what it is about Alice Street, but it makes me smile.

Upon entering the office, I am again greeted with warm smiles from the tremendous group of women that work here.  Mollie, Annika, Christy and Judy have welcomed me without reservation and it’s nice to feel like I can be myself in a new environment. Read more on the AXIS Blog...

Donate your Frequent Flyer Miles to AXISDo you have miles built up that you could donate to AXIS? Your miles will help get our dancers on tour, bringing our valuable performance and education programs to communities throughout the US. They'll also
help send our dancers and staff to important professional development opportunities. Contact Mollie McFarland,
Board Profile: Deirdre Spencer

DeirdreSpencerFamily_web I am a graphic designer with special expertise in marketing design for web and print. For several years I worked in house creating websites and marketing collateral for visual effects companies, including the company that won the Oscar for the Matrix Trilogy, before moving on to working for small marketing agencies, where I could use my abilities to help a wider range of clients.

About nine years ago, I started volunteering for the Taproot Foundation, an organization that brings together teams of marketing professionals to create and deliver pro bono designs to meet the marketing needs of worthy non-profit organizations, such as AXIS Dance Company. It was my third Taproot project that brought AXIS into my life. I was asked to volunteer my design skills to develop a brochure promoting their wonderful Dance Access/KIDS! Program, “a unique program that introduces youth of all abilities to the joy of dance  — through education about dance, disability, and creative collaboration.”

I had not yet had the pleasure of seeing AXIS perform, but in pouring through the myriad letters from children bursting with enthusiasm and awe over what they’d experienced in participating in AXIS’ programs, I was very impressed indeed. Working with Judy Smith, AXIS’ Artistic Director, and her dedicated staff was a lovely experience, and some months later when... Read more on the AXIS Blog...

Catch AXIS on Tour!

AXIS at the Ford Amphitheater in Hollywood
Sat Jul 9, 2011, 10 am
AXIS dancers bring our fun Youth performance as part of their Big!World!Fun! Family Series.
Tickets: Full Price $5, Under 12 years - Free. Reservations required. Tickets & Info

Walking Distance Dance Festival, produced by ODC's InnerState Touring Project
Th, Fr, Sat, Aug 11-13, 2011 at 7 & 9pm Join AXIS this fun Festival in Willits, CA. Part of Innerstate Touring.

** AXIS Recommends these Performances at Yerba Buena Gardens on Saturday June 25th: 

San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival:

Novellus Theater, 2 & 7pm
Dance and Music from 10 Different Cultures from all over the world!

Yerba Buena Forum, 3pm
Solstice Celebration - Featuring four world dance companies with unique opportunities for audience participation.

Yerba Buena Forum, 9:30pm
Dance Party with live music by Makru and  performances by Ballet Pampa Argentina, Navarrette x Kajiyama Dance Theater, Melissa Cruz, and El Tunante. Also a cash bar and complimentary chocolates and desserts.

For more information and tickets visit: or call 415-978-2787

Photo 1: John Spicer, Photo 2: Luiza Silva, Photo 3: Ilona Sturm, Photo 4: Deirdre Spencer, Photo 5: Kristin Rooney
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