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 Post subject: AXIS Dances Works by Bill T. Jones, Joe Goode, Sonya Del
PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2000 5:52 am 
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A X I S D A N C E C O M P A N Y<BR>5337 COLLEGE AVENUE, # 630 OAKLAND, CA 94618 USA<BR>510.287.5792, email iwjs@aol.com, 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.


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Image <BR>A publicity poster for AXIS


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AXIS, a company of integrated disabled and able-bodied dancers, will feature choreography by Bill T. Jones, Joe Goode, Joanna Haigood, and Sonya Delwaide in the SF home season. Of the dream repertory, Rachel Howard writes "AXIS is dancing it with astonishing abandon":<P> <A HREF="http://www.sfweekly.com/issues/2000-06-14/dance.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.sfweekly.com/issues/2000-06-14/dance.html</A>


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Image <BR>Bill T<P><BR>In this interview by Anita Amirrezvani of the San Jose Mercury News, Judy Smith co-AD of AXIS talks about working with the guest choreographers, including Bill T. Jones:<P> <A HREF="http://www.mercurycenter.com/premium/ent/docs/axis22.htm" TARGET=_blank>http://www.mercurycenter.com/premium/ent/docs/axis22.htm</A> <p>[This message has been edited by Azlan (edited June 25, 2000).]


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In a review in the SF Bay Guardian, Sima Belmar writes, "OPENING NIGHT ( Thurs/22) of Axis Dance Company's run at the Cowell Theater spoke volumes about risk and range. Titled The Ground, the Air, and Places in Between, the concert established spatial, physical, and emotional range as its axes and traveled along each one, taking physical, political, and social risks with every step and glide":<P> <A HREF="http://www.sfbg.com/AandE/34/39/range.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.sfbg.com/AandE/34/39/range.html</A>


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