Refining dance as a paralyzed choreographer and performer

At the age of 20, a head on collision left Marc Brew, an accomplished dancer, paralyzed. Dance has shaped his identity, career, and body, so after becoming physically disabled Marc faced an asymmetrical life outlook. He took that challenge to learn new ways to communicate, translate, and participate in movement. As a choreographer Marc provides dancers with a new vocabulary that enhances their creativity, aiming to redefine expectations of physicality for both performers and audiences. Through integrative dance, he hopes to inspire, activate, and hold space for all kinds of movement and expression. Marc is currently Artistic Director at AXIS Dance Company and Associate Artistic Director at Ballet Cymru

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Acclaimed International choreographer and AXIS Dance Company Artistic Director Marc Brew trained as a professional dancer at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and The Australian Ballet School. He has been working in the UK and Internationally for over 20 years as a director, choreographer, dancer, teacher and speaker; with the Australian Ballet Company, State Theatre Ballet Company of South Africa, Infinity Dance Theatre, CandoCo Dance Company and AXIS Dance Company. Marc was Associate Director with Scottish Dance Theatre, Associate Artistic Director with Ballet Cymru in Wales and was Associate Artist in 2015 at Tramway Theatre in Glasgow. Since 2008 Marc has been dedicating time to his own choreography with Marc Brew Company and his recent choreographic commissions include San Francisco Ballet School, Dancing Wheels, Scottish Ballet, Ballet Cymru (Wales), YDance (Scotland), AXIS Dance Company (USA), Candoco Dance Company (UK), Touch Compass (NZ), Amy Seiwert’s Imagery (USA) and Scottish Dance Theatre (Scotland). Marc was presented with a Centenary Medal for Outstanding Contribution as a dancer and choreographer. His work Remember When was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Best Performance (individual) and his recent solo work For Now, I am… was listed in the Guardians Top 10 Dance Shows for 2016. For more information visit: www.marcbrew.com

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