Friday, November 4, 2011

AXIS Dance - Change the Way You Think

Hello, Chicago! Are you ready to change the way you think about dance and the possibilities of the human body forever?

I'm Sebastian Grubb and have been a dancer with AXIS Dance Company for 2.5 years. We are really excited about coming to Chicago and performing at the beautiful Auditorium Theatre on November 19th and 20th.

AXIS Dance Company has become world-renowned for its work in the field of contemporary dance. The company includes both dancers with and without physical disabilities and this divergent starting point has become a potent tool for making revolutionary dances. Aside from being known for its cutting-edge and original works, the company has also become known for its bold athleticism.

AXIS regularly commissions choreographers from around the world to make work on our dancers. This means our dance performance in Chicago will include a strong artistic diversity of works made by: Alex Ketley, David Dorfman, and the UK-based Marc Brew.

Brew's piece, "Full of Words," was created this past September/October during a grueling and inspiring 5-week rehearsal intensive (see our AXIS blog). It features three duets performed in three domestic environments created on stage: a dining room, a bathroom, a living room.
"Words" is designed to give the audience a glimpse into distinct lives and conversations, running parallel to each other and full of dynamism and powerful, innovative partnering.

"Full of Words" requires different set pieces and each theater we tour to has to collect those pieces for us. One of the challenges is to work with these new sets every time we come to a new theater, which adds an extra dimension to the touring component. When we get to see our Chicago bathtub, table and armchair, we'll know what we have to do to adapt the choreography to fit the new pieces.

We are looking forward to bringing Vessel, Light Shelter, and Full of Words to Chicago and can't wait to hear what you think of them!

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