AXIS Dance Company

  • Two dancers on a vibrantly lit stage, one woman on a knee, back toward the audience, in an exxagerated backbend, with bright fuschia hair. The male dancer is in a wheelchair with a focused gaze, arms extended and fingers pointing out.
  • Two men dancers in wheelchairs on stage in a pool of light with their backs together.
  • A posed shot of a group of disabled and non-disabled dancers around a table, covered in expansive tree roots.
  • A mix of disabled and non-disabled dancers, striking different poses, wearing party dresses, dress shirts, and pants.

AXIS Dance Company


AXIS Dance Company

Saturday, February 19, 2022

8:00 PM Performance 

6:30 PM Pre-Show Reception in the lobby

Pfleeger Concert Hall

AXIS Dance Company is one of the nation's most acclaimed ensembles of disabled and non-disabled performers, based in Oakland, CA. AXIS creates virtuosic productions that challenge perceptions and redefine dance and disability.

Roots Above Ground is a 55-minute dance work that explores the multiple meanings of home as it peels back the layers to uncover the human need for belonging. In his final work for AXIS as Artistic Director, choreographer Marc Brew delves deep into his own emotional journey as an immigrant, a disabled gay man, a dancer—always moving to follow ambition while longing to belong. Joined by the six disabled and non-disabled AXIS Company Dancers, this piece taps into our essential human need to be accepted—which is so deeply connected to our perceptions and definitions of home.

Also featured in this presentation will be Hold Fast, a series of duets that reflect on how we struggle, fight, yield, resist, and surrender to the constant changes of our landscape, choreographed by Sonsherée Giles in collaboration with the dancers & Tajh Stallworth, as well as an exclusive screening of AXIS' dance film, Flutter, choreographed by POST: Ballet Artistic Director Robert Dekkers, and featuring audio description by Gravity Access Services.

All audience members are invited to arrive to Pfleeger Concert Hall early, to enjoy a pre-show reception beginning at 6:30 PM.

Following the performance, audience members are invited to stay for a Q&A session with the company.

Banner image photo credits in order of appearance: Doug Kaye (1 & 2), David DeSilva (3 & 4)

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