dancers with disabilities http://kalw.org en AXIS Dance Company expands the boundaries of performance http://kalw.org/post/axis-dance-company-expands-boundaries-performance <p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Three dancers are sweating under their choreographer’s demanding eye. They turn, jump, and lean into each other, flowing across the room. The sound of bare feet mixes with the squeaking of rubber against the floor. </span></p><p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">That’s the sound of dancer Joel Brown’s wheelchair. As he propels into a turn, the other dancers, Sonsheree Giles and Sebastian Grubb, match his movements, but on their feet. Then choreographer Marc Brew, who’s been watching from the front of the studio, glides over to the trio. He’s also in a wheelchair. </span></p><p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">This is a rehearsal for <a href="http://axisdance.org">AXIS Dance Company</a>, a pioneer in a dance form it calls “physically integrated dance,” which uses both disabled and non-disabled dancers. Though AXIS has been around for more than 20 years, it’s still rare to see this kind of work. </span></p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 03:00:00 +0000 Jen Chien 42229 at http://kalw.org AXIS Dance Company expands the boundaries of performance Century-old ballet still pushing boundaries http://kalw.org/post/century-old-ballet-still-pushing-boundaries <p>One hundred years ago, on a late May evening in Paris, an 11-minute ballet so scandalized audiences that it&rsquo;s still making waves today.</p><p>&ldquo;Afternoon of a Faun&rdquo; was choreographed by then-23-year-old Vaslav Nijinsky for the Ballet Russes. The dancers were barefoot and the angular movements of the dance rejected the formal constraints of classical ballet. Then there was the issue of the subject matter, which was overtly sexual in a way that audiences of the time had never seen.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 08 Feb 2012 21:44:53 +0000 5544 at http://kalw.org Century-old ballet still pushing boundaries