AXIS Dance Company hosted an invitation-only national convening to discuss the future of physically integrated dance in the United States with key stakeholders in the field at Gibney Dance in New York City, May 16-18, 2016.
During three days of conversations among key stakeholders from the field of physically integrated dance, participants explored the opportunities for integrated dance and barriers to dance for dancers with physical disabilities. This landmark event welcomed physically integrated dance experts from the UK, whose exemplary programming offered innovative models and fruitful directions for physically integrated dance in North America.
This event was made possible through the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Fund for National Projects. “AXIS has redefined who dances and how dance is made in this country—and in doing so has inspired and challenged audiences and artists across the country,” said Ben Cameron, Program Director for the Arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. “We are delighted to recognize their artistic, visionary leadership and to support them with this grant.”
To support the production of this convening, AXIS Dance Company engaged the talents of National Arts Consultant Jennifer Calienes, formerly of the Maggie Allesee National Center of Choreography. AXIS also engaged Debra Cash, Executive Director of Boston Dance Alliance, who managed the research and documentation that supported the convening's planning and evaluation. Dance/USA assisted with both outreach and research dissemination. Gibney Dance was our venue partner.