PHYSICALLY INTEGRATED DANCE 
 CONFERENCE & WORKSHOPS FEATURED AT MIAMI’S “FORWARD MOTION” FESTIVAL 
 September 26-29 with Companies AXIS, Candoco, REVolutions and Karen Peterson and Dancers

Miami, FL – Shifting the paradigm of what contemporary dance can be, physically integrated companies, including performers with and without disabilities, represent an exciting and growing movement that seeks to redefine movement vocabulary and performance. To showcase this work, acclaimed Miami-based dance pioneers Karen Peterson and Dancers (KPD) are launching, in South Florida, their first annual international festival and conference of physically integrated dance, Forward Motion, from September 26 through the 29.

dancer 2It will feature some of the best contemporary dance ensembles of any kind, including the London-based Candoco Dance Company, one of the world’s top inclusive groups; San Francisco Bay area (Oakland) AXIS Dance Company, the leading physically integrated one in the U.S.; Tampa-based REVolutions Dance; and of course KPD.

Forward Motion will include numerous ways for general audiences, professionals and students to engage with the visiting companies, beyond actual performances, and deepen their understanding of physically integrated dance and the issues it raises. The festival will begin with a free for the general public opening event on Wednesday, September 26, at 7:00 pm. It includes a short showcase by Candoco and KPD, a brief discussion with the artistic directors and dancers, and a reception, at The Light Box in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood. RSVP is suggested.

A Forward Motion Conference will take place on Thursday, September 27, at The Light Box, from 3:00 to 8:00 pm. It is geared towards dancers, people with disabilities, and those who work in the educational, health and service fields. Panels and round tables will address such issues as the artistic approaches to working with physically integrated companies, from training to choreography; representation of people with disabilities in the arts and media; and the intersection of disability rights and other movements for inclusion and equity. Registration is $25, and $20 for students with ID, seniors 65 and over, with special discount packages available. 



dancer 3A range of Forward Motion workshops will be open to everyone, all taking place at The Light Box. These include, with AXIS, on Friday, September 28, at 11:00 am and at 3:00 pm; and with Candoco, on Saturday, September 29, workshops at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. Registration is $10 for everyone, with special discount packages available.

“We are so excited to launch Forward Motion with lead support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts,” says Karen Peterson, Founder and Artistic Director of both her own KPD company, and the Forward Motion event. “We will be showcasing and helping to build this inclusive art form that bridges societal boundaries and obstacles.”

The Forward Motion two major public performances will take place on the Miami-Dade County Auditorium main stage. On Friday, September 28, at 8:00 pm, there will be a full evening of Candoco Dance Company featuring two U.S. premieres; and on Saturday, September 29, 8:00 pm, it is an evening that showcases AXIS Dance Company with two South Florida Premiere, with shorter performances from REVolutions Dance and Karen Peterson and Dancers. Tickets for each night are $25, with special discounts and ticket packages available.

One can visit the www.ForwardMotionMiami.com website for full information, schedule and ticket purchase links. Tickets for each major event are $25 general admission, $20 for students with ID, seniors 65 and over, with special discount ticket packages that include performances, conference and workshops available. Show tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster or in-person at the Auditorium box office. For registration for conference and workshops, RSVP for opening event, and other tickets and special ticket packages, visit www.ForwardMotionMiami.com. The Light Box is located at 404 NW 26th Street, in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood, and is fully wheelchair accessible, with adjacent on-street and garage parking. The Miami-Dade County Auditorium is located at 2901 West Flagler Street, in Miami, is fully wheelchair accessible, and has free onsite parking. To arrange for group sales discounts (10 or more people), for any questions, and to request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters, and/or any disabiilty accommodation call (786) 498-6756 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

dancer 4Support for Forward Motion, comes from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and Cultural Affairs Council, and the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; Citizens Interested in the Arts; Louis Leibowitz Foundation; WLRN; Miami Light Project; Miami-Dade Country Auditorium; Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton; and other donors.

WHAT: 
Forward Motion Physically Integrated Dance Festival & Conference


WHEN:
 •Wednesday, September 26, 7:00 pm, Forward Motion opening event •Thursday, September 27, 3:00 to 8:00 pm, conference •Friday, September 28 -11:00 am and 3:00 pm workshops with AXIS -8:00 pm performance by Candoco •Saturday, September 29 -11:00 am and 3:00 pm workshops with Candoco -8:00 pm, performance by AXIS, REVolutions and KPD

WHERE: 
 •Friday and Saturday shows, Miami-Dade County Auditorium main stage, 2901 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL, 33135 •Opening event, conference and workshops, The Light Box, 404 NW 26th Street, Miami, FL, 33127

ADMISSION:
 •Wednesday opening event free for the general public, RSVP suggested at Error! Hyperlink reference not valid. •Friday and Saturday performances, and conference registration, $25 general admission, $20 for students with ID, seniors 65 and over; workshops $10 registration for everyone. Special ticket packages that include performances, conference and workshops available. Show tickets through Ticketmaster or in-person at the Auditorium box office; other tickets, conference and workshop registrations and special ticket packages, visit www.ForwardMotionMiami.com.

FOR MORE INFO: 
www.ForwardMotionMiami.com (786) 498-6756 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Author  Robert Rosenberg
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