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  • Since 1987, AXIS Dance Company has created an exciting body of work developed by dancers with and without disabilities. They are in the forefront of paving the way for a powerful and inclusive dance form, physically integrated dance. AXIS has performed in theaters and dance spaces at its home base in the Bay Area, on tour throughout the U.S., as well as in Germany and Siberia. Described as a "visual and physical discovery, creating fascinating works of movement art, " the Company has become internationally known for its high artistic and educational standards and innovative movement vocabulary. Now a ten-member ensemble under the Artistic Direction of Judith Smith, their stellar repertory includes works by AXIS choreographers, Stephen Petronio, Bill T. Jones, Joe Goode, Joanna Haigood, and Sonya Delwaide.

    AXIS' 2001 home season was awarded an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design (design by Mario Alonzo). They were also nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design (design by Alexander Nichols) and Outstanding Achievement in Choreography for 'Suite sans Suite' (choreography by Sonya Delwaide). AXIS garnered three Isadora Duncan Dance Awards for their 2000 home season; Outstanding Achievement in Company Performance, Outstanding Achievement in Choreography for Bill T. Jones' 'Fantasy in C Major', and Outstanding Achievement in Individual Performance by AXIS dancer Uli Schmitz, the first disabled dancer to receive such an award. In November 2000, AXIS was honored with a 'Goldie' for Dance from the San Francisco Bay Guardian's Outstanding Local Discovery Awards. Oakland City Council has proclaimed March 10, 2002 as AXIS Dance Company Day in honor of their performance in the Olympic Arts Festival and their artistic achievements of the past 14 years.