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AXIS Dance Company Laboratory

Published October 3, 2014

October 8-15, 2014
AXIS Dance Company Laboratory

MANCC Informal Showing: Living Legacy Liz Lerman

MANCC Informal Showing: Living Legacy Liz Lerman

Coinciding with the 10th Anniversary of MANCC programming, AXIS Dance Company, one of the world’s leading contemporary repertory companies
featuring physically integrated dancers, returns to MANCC for their second residency. The project provides AXIS with a period of research and development with choreographers Nichole Canuso (PA), Beth Gill (NY) and Jill Sigman (NY) each of whom are former MANCC Fellows who will be working with AXIS for the first time.
Nichole Canuso will be the first artist-in-residence with AXIS. She came to MANCC with her work TAKES as part of the PLAF Partnership in 2009. Jill Sigman, who was a Choreographic Fellow in 2005 for her work,RUPTURE, follows Canuso.  Beth Gill will be the final artist-in-residence and as a Hatchery Project Artist in 2013 developed New Work for the Desert. Choreographer Sonya Delwaide, who has set numerous works on AXIS, will join early in the residency to serve as artistic mentor for the project.
This project is being supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts.


AXIS Company members in residence: AXIS Artistic Director: Judith Smith, Rodney Bell, Lisa Bufano, Margaret Cromwell, Sonsheree Giles, Alice Sheppard

Choreographers: Isabele Croxatto (Chile), Shinichi Iova-Koga, Alex Ketley, Kate Weare

Choreographic Mentors: Margaret Jenkins, Victoria Marks

Convening Participants: Rita Felciano [Writer/Critic], Jane Forde [National Dance Project/New England Foundation for the Arts], Mary Luft [Tigertail Productions], Jodee Nimerichter [American Dance Festival], Douglas Sonntag [National Endowment for the Arts], Todd Wingate [University of California Riverside], Jawole Willa Jo Zollar [Urban Bush Women]  :

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Entrypoints are unique opportunities for visiting artists to conduct research and collaborate with the FSU and Tallahassee communities as well as the national dance field.


  • 10/15 AXIS Dance Company Residency Reflection
    • 10:30 am – Nancy Smith Fichter Theatre, Montgomery Hall
      • A facilitated discussion by the participating artists reflecting on how their distinct choreographic practices are being explored with AXIS during the residency.
  • 10/16 Legacy Conversation
    • 5:30 pm – Black Box Theatre,  Montgomery Hall
      • AXIS Artistic Director Judith Smith and MANCC Director Carla Peterson honor AXIS’s 27 year history with a conversation about the legacy of repertory companies.


Reservations are recommended for the showing.  To reserve a seat, please visit For additional information, please email

The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC), at the FSU School of Dance, is a choreographic research and development center whose mission is to raise the value of the creative process in dance.