AXIS Dance Company Event July 24, 2009
Audio Description Associates proudly sponsored a reception & audio described screening of acclaimed dance works by Oakland, CA’S AXIS Dance Company to be followed by a Q&A with Artistic Directors Judith Smith of AXIS, Liz Lerman of Dance Exchange, Founder & Co-Director Carla Perlo and Co-Director Deborah Riley of Dance Place, and Joel Snyder & Esther Geiger of Audio Description Associates (Joel Snyder is a long-time member of the AXIS Advisory Board and ADA has contributed audio description for several AXIS performances and DVDs).
Dozens of local dance enthusiasts, arts access advocates and a range of others came together to learn more about DC's dance phenomena Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and Dance Place as well as AXIS Dance Company--in residency at Dance Place/DC in June 2010.
The event was held at the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange studios in Takoma Park, MD.
Anout the convenors:
AXIS Dance Company, one of the world’s most acclaimed and innovative ensembles of performers with and without disabilities, will change the way you think about dance and the possibilities of the human body forever. Founded in 1987, AXIS has become a jewel of the contemporary dance scene and the disability community. AXIS has paved the way for a powerful contemporary dance form - physically integrated dance- performing in over sixty cities nationwide, as well as in Europe and Siberia.
The mission of Dance Place/DC Wheel Productions, Inc. is to transform lives through performing arts and creative education programs that inspire personal growth, professional success, physical wellness and community engagement. DC Wheel Productions, Inc. maintains its permanent arts center, Dance Place, which is the home base for its presentations, dance school and youth program offerings. Dance Place is committed to serving diverse populations through a wide variety of affordable and free programs, and actively engaging in community revitalization through partnerships with other organizations.
Liz Lerman Dance Exchange is a professional company of dance artists that creates, performs, teaches, and engages people in making art. Since its start in 1976, and in each encounter, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange asks four questions: Who gets to dance? Where is the dance happening? What is it about? Why does it matter? Dance Exchange pursues a broad definition of dance as a multi-disciplinary art form that encompasses movement, music, imagery, and the spoken word. Throughout its programs, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange builds an accessible body of knowledge and makes meaningful connections between people and art.
Audio Description Associates offers a full range of Audio Description services. ADA professionals use their expertise with description fundamentals and the arts to create access for people who are blind or have low vision-and their families (over 20 million Americans are blind or have difficulty seeing even with correction). ADA helps communities and arts organizations build Audio Description programs providing access to a broad array of live arts events (theater, opera, and dance), as well as museum exhibits, meetings, tours, circuses, parades, and sports events; television and film broadcasts; and recorded presentations.