VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Veteran Stories Brought to Life by Dancers
AXIS Dance Company recently gave a special performance for an intimate audience of Veterans and VA staff at the Malonga Casquelourd Center in Oakland, CA. Mariela Meylan, an Army Veteran treated at the Polytrauma unit of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, saw her story come to life through spoken word and dance.
A civilian car in Kuwait struck Mariela during a second deployment to the Middle East. During the preliminary search for Veterans, Meylan was identified an exemplary model of a Veteran, who overcame the odds to live an enriching life beyond traumatic brain injury.
The performance titled “Onward” is a collection of similar stories from recently returning Veterans. Choreographed by Joe Goode, the scripted words of the Veterans came to life as dancers retold their stories through dance. Meylan, along with her mother, both cried when they heard the words of her story spoken by one of the female dancers.
Founded in 1987, AXIS Dance Company is one of the world’s most acclaimed and innovative ensembles of performers with and without disabilities. Their work has paved the way for a powerful contemporary dance form called physically integrated dance. The company recently worked on a study coordinated through the VA and the American DanceWheels Foundation to explore therapeutic modality of dance with Spinal Cord Injury/Disability patients.
AXIS will be hosting an Open Rehearsal for Veterans with their family and friends, on May 6, 2015, from 6:30 – 7:30 PM at the Cowell Theater in San Francisco’s Fort Mason area. Visit www.axisdance.org for more information.