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Eric Kupers (Berkeley) collaborating with AXIS Dance Company (Oakland)

Award: $40,000 Performing Arts Grant awarded in 2008

Premiered: July 2011

Choreographer Eric Kupers, along with writer/choreographer Kimiko Guthrie and other artists from Dandelion Dancetheater collaborated with AXIS Dance Company to create The Dislocation Express, an interdisciplinary performance work featuring artists with and without disabilities. The performance traveled among sites using Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) to move the artists and audiences.

The project’s goal was “to unhinge and expand notions about disability and dance/theater in the contemporary performance world.” Using the theme of displacement and relocation in both metaphorical and literal ways, The Dislocation Express invited audiences to follow a group of 11 performers as they traveled from Berkeley to Walnut Creek or to San Francisco.  Audience members also were urged to download a sound file of the music and text created for the piece

Eric Kupers has co-directed, choreographed, and performed with Dandelion Dancetheater since its inception, creating works that have been presented throughout California, nationally, and internationally. He is Assistant Professor of Dance at Cal State University East Bay, where he is heading up the development of the nation’s first Physically Integrated Dance BA/BFA Program.

Since 1987, AXIS Dance Company has been a pioneer in the world of dance, creating and presenting cutting-edge, contemporary works by dancers with and without disabilities.