Grant Recipient Details


Oakland, CA

Project Title
Roots Above Ground
Fiscal Year Awarded
Grant or Program
National Dance Project Production Grant
Grant Amount

Who decides who belongs in a community? Who decides if you can call a place home? Roots Above Ground, a 45 minute physically integrated dance program making its world premiere at AXIS’ Home Season, will explore the multiple meanings of home. Conceptualized and choreographed by AXIS artistic director and choreographer Marc Brew, the work will delve deep into Marc’s own emotional journey as an immigrant, a disabled gay man, and a dancer - always moving to follow his ambition while longing to belong. Roots Above Ground will tap into our essential human emotional need to be accepted and how the concept of belonging is connected to our perceptions and definitions of home.

Estimated Artist Fee: $26,000/performance; $37,000/week.

Presenter Partners

  • Edmonds Center for the Arts (Edmonds, WA)
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, NJ)
  • Z Space (San Francisco, CA)

Tour Coordinator

Rachel Cohen
Executive Director
Cadence Arts Network, Incorporated
Tel. (310) 701-9191

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Work Sample & Photos

Five dancers, two of which are in wheelchairs, dance in front of a white backdrop.
AXIS Dance Company; photo by David DeSilva
Six dancers, in earth tones and one in a wheelchair, perform on stage, in front of a black backdrop.
AXIS Dance Company; photo by Steve Disenhof
Dancers in colorful and joyful outfits pose with carboard house, in sleeping bags, in wheelchairs, and in front of a white backdrop.
AXIS Dance Company; photo courtesy of AXIS Dance Company