FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Patricia DuChene
Oct. 23, 2015 Sheboygan, WI
Making its Wisconsin debut on November 11 and 12 at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, AXIS Dance Co. is one of the world’s most acclaimed and innovative ensembles of performers with and without disabilities.
Founded in 1987, the Oakland, Cal., company has become a jewel of contemporary dance and disability culture, paving the way for a new, powerful, contemporary dance form known as physically integrated dance.
AXIS collaborated with choreographer Joe Goode on to go again, which will be featured as excerpts during the Veterans Day show Wednesday evening and in full on the Thursday night program. This dance/theater work brings to light issues facing our nation’s veterans and addresses their resilience following severe life changes. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
As one of the world’s leading ensembles of performers with and without disabilities, AXIS performers bring to this work a depth of understanding of resilience and what it takes to live with adversity. Among the performers is a disabled veteran. Goode is known for promoting understanding, compassion and tolerance through the innovative use of text and high velocity dancing.
The Wednesday evening program will feature excerpts from various dances in the company’s repertoire and opportunities for audience members to interact with the artists. This shorter program begins at 6:30 p.m. and is designed for the more inquisitive theatregoer or families with children.
Winner of seven Isadora Duncan Dance awards and featured on the nationally broadcast television show So You Think You Can Dance, AXIS changes the way audiences think about dance and the possibilities of the human body. With more than 75 works in their repertory, AXIS has toured major dance venues and festivals in more than 100 cities nationwide, including the Kennedy Center, Olympic Arts Festival, World Trade Center, as well as internationally to Europe and Russia.
Tickets and additional information are available at 920-458-6144, jmkac.org, and at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 608 New York Ave., Sheboygan. Free parking is available.
About the John Michael Kohler Arts Center: Founded in 1967, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center is dedicated to making innovative arts programming accessible to a broad audience that ranges from artists and academics to families and youth of all ages. Central to its mission is promoting understanding and appreciation of the work of self-taught and contemporary artists through original exhibitions, commissioned works of art, performing arts programs, community arts initiatives, and publications. The Arts Center’s collections focus primarily on works by vernacular-environment builders, self-taught and folk artists, and works created in the Arts/Industry residency program.
Looking to the future, the Arts Center continues to generate new explorations in the arts that foster creative exchanges between an international community of artists and a diverse public, making real the power of the arts to transform lives and strengthen communities. The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is supported by corporate and foundation donors, government grants, and its many members. The Arts Center is not an entity of Kohler Co. or its subsidiaries. More information about the Arts Center can be found at jmkac.org.
Admission to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center is by voluntary donation. Arts Center members receive a discount on performance and other event tickets, classes and camps tuition, purchases at ARTspace gift shops, and free or discounted admission to many special events. Memberships are available at the Arts Center, by visiting jmkac.org, and/or by calling 920-458-6144.
Arts Center Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Arts Center is open at other times for special events