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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

FROM ASPIRATION TO ARTIST: a conversation about physically integrated dance in Chicago

FROM ASPIRATION TO ARTIST: a conversation about physically integrated
dance in Chicago

Join us!
Wednesday November 9th, 2011
Access Living
115 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60654
5 pm-7pm, 4th floor

In preparation for the auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University's
presentation of AXIS Dance Company on November 19th & 20th, a panel
discussion exploring the state of training and performance for
physically integrated dance--dance that includes both dancers with and
without physical disabilities--will explore:

--The history of physically integrated dance in Chicago
--Training available for young dancers
--Barriers that dancers with disabilities face in the profession
--Best practice for physically integrated dance training
--Critical assessment of physically integrated performances
--Training of educators and choreographers on incorporating dancers
with disabilities into work
--Preparing audience to appreciate the art form

Panelists Include:
Stephanie Clemens, Co-founder and Artistic Director, MOMENTA
Barbara Freeley, Assistant Principal, Christopher School
Larry Ippel, Co-founder and Artistic Director, MOMENTA
Jessica Martin, Integrated dance student and choreographer
Lucia Mauro, Arts writer and dance critic
Mary McAloon, Principal, Christopher School
Elizabeth Millman, Managing Director of the Joffrey Academy, Joffrey Ballet
Citlali López-Ortiz, PhD, MA, Research Scientist, Rehabilitation
Institute of Chicago
Alana Wallace, Founder and Artistic Director, Dance > Detour

Moderator: Carrie Sandahl
Bio: Carrie Sandahl is an Associate Professor in the Department of
Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at
Chicago. She completed a 3-year study, along with
Dr. Carol Gill, on the barriers and facilitators to careers in the
arts for people with disabilities for the National Endowment for the

In partnership with Bodies of Work and Access Living
Special thanks to Ginger Lane

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts
Council, a state agency.
This program is partially supported by a City Arts grant from the
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

Saturday, November 19 at 7:30pm | Sunday, November at 2:00pm

"There is no more defiant a land that I can think of than AXIS. They
showed me what dance could be"--Bill T. Jones

Prepare to leave all your preconceptions at the door. AXIS Dance
Company, one of the world's most acclaimed and innovation ensembles of
performers with and without disabilities, will change the way you
think about dance and the possibilities of the human body forever.
Founded in 1987, AXIS has become a jewel of the contemporary dance
scene and the disability community. AXIS has paved the way for a
powerful contemporary dance form-physically integrated dance.

Auditorium Theatre,
50 East Congress Pkwy,
Chicago, IL 60605 (800) 982-2787

4 Easy ways to purchase tickets:
Phone: 800.982.ARTS (2787)
Box office: 50 E. Congress Pkwy
Groups 10+: 312-431-2357

Sandie Yi

Graduate Assistant
Bodies of Work: A Network of Disability Arts and Culture

Ph D Student, Disability Studies and Human Development
University of Illinois, Chicago

Personal Artist's Website:


  1. this is a much needed conversation. i am glad it is aligned with the Chicago performances of Axis dance company whom have shaped the field of physically integrated performance into a model for anyone desiring transformational creative development, rigorous crafting and high level of artistry among uniquely able bodies.

  2. i would like to invite anyone within the physically integrated community to apply to be one of the artist participants for a project i am developing Re-Frame: A Gathering... A Call for Artists! come part of the creative process within community. Re-Frame: A Gathering/ Chicago -