Performing Arts and Disability: Leadership, Inclusion, and Training

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Performing Arts and Disability: Leadership, Inclusion, and Training

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Boston University The Florence and Chafetz Hillel House 213 Bay State Road Boston, MA 02215

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The BU Arts Initiative, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The Dance Program, and Disability Services is pleased to host AXIS Dance Company for a residency March 13-18, 2017. As a part of this residency, we invite you to join us for a symposium featuring a panel discussion with local leaders and artists, break-out sessions, and a closing reception.

The event space will be accessible to guests with disabilities as are all entrances, hallways, restrooms and pathways. Additionally, CART services and ASL interpreters will be available. For disability or communication access for those with impairments that may not allow them conventional access to the event's programming, please contact Christopher Robinson at

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at

Transportation: BU Hillel is accessible via the MBTA Green line at BU East, the 57 Bus and the BU shuttle. The Granby Street lot at BU (665 Commonwealth Avenue) is open to guests and visitors at the rate of $16 per day max. This lot does have a number of handicap accesible spots. Street parking is also available for a maximum of 2 hours at $1.25 per hour.

AXIS Dance Company exists to change the face of dance and disability through three pillars of activity: Artistry, Engagement, and Advocacy.

AXIS Dance Company was founded in 1987 and has paved the way for a powerful contemporary dance form called physically integrated dance, which features dancers with and without disabilities. Nearing their 30th year, AXIS Dance Company recently announced Marc Brew as the new Artistic Director. Under the artistic direction of Judith Smith since 1997, AXIS’ list of collaborators includes Bill T. Jones, Stephen Petronio, Yvonne Rainer, Ann Carlson, David Dorfman, Meredith Monk, Joan Jeanrenaud, and Fret Frith. AXIS has toured major dance venues and festivals in more than 100 cities nationwide as well as internationally to Europe and Russia. Their work has been honored with seven Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, and the company was featured twice on FOX TV’s So You Think You Can Dance.

Photo Credit: AXIS Dance Company 2015. Photo by David DeSilva. Dancers Julie Crothers, Nick Brentley, Dwayne Scheuneman, and Sophie Stanley.