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AXIS Dance Company 

When: Fri., April 11, 8 p.m., Sat., April 12, 8 p.m. and Sun., April 13, 2 p.m. 2014
Price: $10-$25
Legendary postmodern choreographer Yvonne Rainer doesn’t let many companies restage her work. So it’s a compliment to the artists of Oakland’s AXIS Dance Company that she’s allowed them to do just that at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts (1428 Alice St., Oakland) this weekend. Répétiteur Linda K. Johnson has adapted Rainer’s once-radical, now-paradigmatic minimalist masterwork “Trio A” for the company of dancers with and without disabilities, which this season includes London-based dancemaker Marc Brew and 2013 Izzie Award nominee Joel Brown, plus Sonsherée Giles, Sebastian Grubb, and Juliana Monin. Rainer seems pleased with the troupe’s re-embodiment of the work, saying, “They not only make a new dance, but illuminate what ‘Trio A’ is about.” Also included in this weekend’s performance will be Brew’s “Divide,” as well as his 2008 solo work “Remember When.” On top of all that will be the premiere of The Gift (of Impermanence), Alex Ketley’s film about AXIS.
— Claudia Bauer


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