Axis Dance Company Will Make Their Debut This Summer at Jacob’s Pillow

XIS Dance Company members Alaja Badalich and JanpiStar in "Historias Rotas." Photo by Hiromi Platt

The Bay Area based AXIS Dance Company, one of the nation’s most acclaimed ensembles of disabled, non-disabled, and neurodiverse performers, announced that they will make their debut this summer at the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts.

Performing July 14–16, 2023, AXIS will present three acclaimed works from their extensive repertoire—Desiderata by Asun Noales, Flutter by Robin Dekkers, and Historias Rotas by Nadia Adame.

Led by Artistic Director Nadia Adame and Managing Director Danae Rees, AXIS is one of the nation’s most acclaimed ensembles of disabled, non-disabled, and neurodiverse performers. AXIS was founded in 1987 and creates world-class productions that challenge perceptions and redefine dance and disability. The Bay Area, California-based company has toured over 100 cities in the US, Israel and Palestine, United Kingdom, Europe, United Arab Emirates, and Russia, and has received nine Isadora Duncan Dance Awards. AXIS commissions new work from a host of renowned international choreographers including Marc Brew, Arthur Pita, Robin Dekkers, Bill T. Jones, Jennifer Archibald, Stephen Petronio, Amy Seiwert, and Asun Noales. In tandem with a robust performance calendar, AXIS provides unparalleled integrated dance education and outreach programs. AXIS builds paths to dance education for disabled and non-disabled people of all ages, experiences, and spectrum of disabilities.

“We are honored to be one of the first disability-integrated dance companies to share our work at this historic landmark for modern dance in the United States,” said AXIS Dance Artistic Director Nadia Adame. “As AXIS approaches our 37th anniversary as a company, this is a dream come true that has been many years in the making. We hope our performances add to the rich and diverse legacy of dance-making at Jacob’s Pillow, and that this relationship grows through the years to come.”

Jacob’s Pillow is a National Historic Landmark, recipient of the National Medal of Arts, and home to America’s longest-running international dance festival, currently in its 91st season. Each Festival includes national and international dance companies and free and ticketed performances, talks, tours, classes, exhibits, events, and community programs.