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, website <A HREF="http://www.axisdance.org" TARGET=_blank>www.axisdance.org</A> <P><BR>Contacts: <BR>Brechin Flournoy or Molly Barrons (415) 648-1177<BR> <BR>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE<BR>AXIS Dance Company presents “THE GROUND, THE AIR, AND PLACES IN BETWEEN.” <BR>co-sponsored by the Queer Cultural Center and Harvey Milk Institute, San <BR>Francisco Bay Guardian and Clif Bar.<P><BR>Choreography by Bill T. Jones, Joe Goode, Sonya Delwaide, Joanna Haigood.<P><BR>June 22-24, 2000 at 8pm<BR>Fort Mason’s Cowell Theater (Buchanan & Marina streets, SF)<BR>Tickets: (415) 441-3687, TIX/Union Square, Ticketweb.com<BR>$18, $15 for student/senior/disabled, $10 for kids under 12<P><BR>(March 29, 2000-San Francisco CA) AXIS Dance Company presents the <BR>long-awaited Bay Area premiere of new repertory works by dance legend Bill T.. <BR>Jones, and local luminaries Joe Goode, Sonya Delwaide, and Joanna Haigood in T<BR>HE GROUND, THE AIR AND PLACES IN BETWEEN. Performed for three nights only at <BR>Ft. Mason’s Cowell Theater, these performances are part of the National Queer <BR>Arts Festival 2000 (co-sponsored by the Queer Cultural Center and Harvey Milk <BR>Institute), SF Bay Guardian and Clif Bar.<P><BR>AXIS Dance Company has garnered national and international recognition for <BR>their artistic innovation with disabled and nondisabled dancers and <BR>choreographers. Dedicated to developing original contemporary choreography of <BR>the highest caliber, AXIS Dance Company is comprised of dancers with and <BR>without disabilities and has played a pivotal role in pioneering the new <BR>dance form known as “integrated dance.” Heralded as having an “expansive <BR>vision” (Boston Globe) AXIS boasts a “filmic...fluidity of motion...uniquely <BR>their own” (Daily Californian) that is a “visual and physical discovery” <BR>(East Bay Express). The GROUND, THE AIR AND PLACES IN BETWEEN is a triumph <BR>that brings out the very best in AXIS. <P><BR>Bill T. Jones, one of the preeminent modern dance choreographers of this era, <BR>choreographed Fantasy in C Major (16 minutes) for AXIS. Set to music by Franz <BR>Schubert, Fantasy in C Major is a dynamic new work for seven dancers that <BR>discovers and challenges formal patterns in space and time, as bodies dance <BR>in unison and in counterpoint to each other. Commissioned by AXIS and Dance <BR>Umbrella (Boston MA) Fantasy in C Major will premiere in Boston (June 2000) <BR>then premiere in the Bay Area in this concert.<P><BR>Local luminary, Joe Goode, has transformed the classic romance, Jane Eyre, <BR>into a contemporary 25 minute suite danced to music by John Lurie, Simon <BR>Fisher Turner, and Philipp Schatz. Conceived, choreographed and written by Jo<BR>e Goode in collaboration with six AXIS dancers, Jane Eyre dissects the human <BR>need for boundless love through the lens of exhuberant dance, text, drama and <BR>biting wit. Last year, Jane Eyre was performed as a work-in-progress. This <BR>concert marks the world premiere of the finished work.<P><BR>Sonya Delwaide is a choreographer and performer whose reputation has <BR>flourished within the United State and Canada for nearly two decades. Ms. <BR>Delwaide’s piece for AXIS, entitled Chuchotements (Whisperings) (15 minutes) <BR>is a dynamic yet quirky treatment of Baroque period social codes and our <BR>contemporary preoccupation with political correctness. Music for the piece <BR>is by Georg Philipp Telemann with an audio collage by Amy X Neuberg. Chuchotem<BR>ents (Whisperings) first premiered in Sonya Delwaide’s spring concert at ODC <BR>Theater and at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. (1999). Critics <BR>hailed the work as “Sinfully rich. Nothing tentative” (SF Bay Guardian) and <BR>“a triumph of form...coming together in a seamless way to create a <BR>provocative exploration of grace-both in the sense of social graces and of <BR>physicality” (Dance Notation, citysearch.com). <P><BR>Joanna Haigood, award-winning co-founder of ZACCHO Dance Theatre, lifts AXIS <BR>off of the ground in her stunning aerial quartet Descending Cords (15 <BR>minutes). Taking place on a hanging ladder and in elevated spinning <BR>sculptures by Lawrence LaBianca, members of AXIS defy gravity with fluid, <BR>daring movement. Set to an original soundscore by Lauren Weinger with Zeena <BR>Parkins Descending Cords is inspired by a poem by Ai Quing that speaks of <BR>solitary trees and unseen, intertwining roots. This piece was first <BR>performed at Dance Umbrella’s International Festival of Aerial Dance (1999) <BR>and is making its Bay Area premiere at this concert.<P><BR>Since 1987, AXIS Dance Company has created an innovative body of work which <BR>has received acclaim from an international audience. The Compny has <BR>performed in theaters and dance spaces at its home base in Oakland, CA, on <BR>tour throughout the U.S. as well as in Germany and Siberia. THE GROUND, THE <BR>AIR AND PLACES IN BETWEEN signifies the first time AXIS has commissioned <BR>works from outside the company. These works have been commissioned with <BR>support from Dance Umbrella, National Endowment for the Arts, Alameda County <BR>Arts Commission, Fleishhacker Foundation, Walter and Elise Haas Fund, LEF <BR>Foundation, Zellerbach Family Fund, AT&T Foundation, and the City of Oakland <BR>Cultural Arts Division. This concert is the Company’s 2000 home season <BR>concert.