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AXIS dancers at Yerba Buena GardensChoreographed by renowned site artist Stephan Koplowitz
With an original score by Pamela Z

AXIS Dance Company, Dancers’ Group and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival are pleased to present Occupy – A site-specific journey through an urban garden, July 1-2, 2017. Occupy is inspired by the history, design and architecture of Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco and the unique movement capabilities of AXIS Dance Company and their extended cast of performers. Featuring twenty disabled and non-disabled performers, Occupy offers both an immersive and expansive experience.

Saturday and Sunday, July 1 & 2, 2017
Guided Promenade Performances at 12pm & 2:30pm
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
760 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94103
FREE – RSVP encouraged

Occupy is the first event in a series of programs commemorating AXIS Dance Company’s 30th Anniversary.  It also marks AXIS Founder and longtime Artistic Director Judith Smith’s final commission. Smith passes the torch to AXIS’ new Artistic Director Marc Brew after nearly 20 years at the helm, and moves into a multi-faceted advocacy role as Founder & Director.

photo by Robbie Sweeny


About AXIS Dance Company
AXIS Dance Company changes the face of dance and disability through Artistry, Engagement and Advocacy. Based in Oakland since 1987, AXIS is the nation’s most acclaimed ensemble of performers with and without disabilities.  Nearing its 30th year, AXIS is thrilled to announce the appointment of internationally renowned choreographer Marc Brew as its new Artistic Director.  Under the Artistic Direction of Judith Smith from 1997-2016, AXIS’ list of collaborators included Bill T. Jones, Stephen Petronio, Yvonne Rainer, Ann Carlson, David Dorfman, Marc Brew, Meredith Monk, Joan Jeanrenaud and Fred Frith. AXIS has toured to over 100 cities in US, Europe and Russia. The Company has received seven Isadora Duncan Dance Awards and has appeared twice on FOX TV’s So You Think You Can Dance, exposing their innovative and relevant work of physically integrated dance to millions. Through education and outreach programs thousands of children and adults of all ages and abilities are inspired to dance each year.

About Stephan Koplowitz
Stephan Koplowitz is an award winning director/choreographer/media artist known for his work on stage, film and site. His site work aims to alter people’s perspectives of place, site, and scale, all infused with a sense of the human condition and is concerned with the intersection of natural, social and cultural ecologies within urban and natural environments. Since 1984 he has created 87 works (60 commissions) performed in the US, Europe and Asia. He is the recipient of an Alpert Award in the Arts, Guggenheim Fellowship, “Bessie Award” for “Sustained Achievement” and six NEA Choreography Fellowships. Recent works include commissions from La Mama Umbria International, The Ohio State University, San Diego Trolley Dances, to name a few. In August, 2017, he will premiere a multi-media site based work for over 50 performers in an historic mill factory for the Bates Dance Festival’s 35th anniversary.


Learn more about past ONSITE performances:

August-September 2016: NAKA Dance Theater
RACE: Stories From The Tenderloin

February-July 2015: Shinichi Iova-Koga/inkBoat
95 Rituals (for Anna Halprin)

April-May 2014: Sara Shelton Mann
The Eye of Horus: Five Solos: Views of the Primal Body 

June 2013: Amara Tabor-Smith
He Moved Swiftly But Gently Down the Not Too Crowded Street: Ed Mock and Other True Tales in a City That Once Was…

September 2012: Jo Kreiter
Niagara Falling: a visually arresting aerial dance and multimedia event.

September-October: 2011 Katie Faulkner
We Don’t Belong Here: a portable movement, video, and sound event.

March 2010: Ben Levy
Intimate Visibility: A collision of new media, dance, and flash mob.

February 2010: Erika Chong Shuch
Love Everywhere: A public celebration of love.

August 2009: Patrick Makuakane
Hit and Run Hula: Taking San Francisco by storm in a hula ambush.

May 2009: Anna Halprin
Spirit of Place: A performance responding to the site at Stern Grove, a space designed by Lawrence Halprin

August 2008: Joanna Haigood
Shifting Cornerstone: A window between the present and the past, between memory and imagination.

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