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  Embodiment BMC Audios from Ayelet
Posted by: Ayelet - 03-19-2020, 12:04 PM - Forum: Video - Documented Online Classes - Replies (1)

Hey Dear All, 

Here is the first of a recorded series of embodiement-imagination-relaxations for moments you wish to go in, connect to the body sensations and take a rest. Warmly, Ayelet 

Body Respiration: https://soundcloud.com/user-582162437/re...XLRyfGRIFy

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  Online AS Class Series w Frey
Posted by: administrator - 03-18-2020, 10:59 PM - Forum: Video - Documented Online Classes - No Replies

Introduction to the Movement Research Intensive Series

First installment: March 18th 
Small Space / work-out, stretch and conditioning 

From head to toe, a Macro-Micro Scan through the sophisticated yet basic arcing, cambered trajectories of the postural joint complexes: “Motion Centers”
Enhancement of
-directional accuracy
-kinesthetic feedback
-sense of available energy
-awareness of useless or useful inhibitions
-awareness of blind spots or weakness

introduction: https://www.bitchute.com/video/zYOF8DcSw8LE/
Leverage -Energy conservation/waste
sub region, regional, and macro aggregates
… in english: working with or against the energy you create moving small larger, or collected parts of your body, such as - just a hand, or the whole arm… etc.

Enhancing Efficiency / Context Awareness
 -Turn physics to your favor
 -Reduce or increase effort
 -Increase awareness and number of details
 -Play… of course

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  Dynamic Geometry with Frey Faust in Luxembourg 1-3 April 2020
Posted by: emanuela iacopini - 02-05-2020, 11:07 AM - Forum: AXIS SYLLABUS EVENTS - No Replies


The Conservatoire de la Ville de Luxembourg and Dance Science Net are happy to announce the next professional development training 

Kinésiologie posturale: The Axis Syllabus (in EN, FR, DE)

 1-3 April 2020

Dynamic Geometry - Classical Esthetics updated using 
The Axis Syllabus

taught by Frey Faust

The Axis Syllabus (AS) is an open-source resource toolbox, a constantly evolving reference system, or lexicon for the organization and cross-correlation of empirical and scientific findings from the study of human movement. This includes anatomical details, physics, practical applications, research, analysis and transmission. The AS was founded by Frey Faust in the late 90’s.
“Syllabus” is Latin for list or table of content, while “Axis” refers to the points and through-lines that provide a referential grid for sensing volume and tracking movements through the kinesphere. It is our experience that the awareness of volume, direction and mass facilitate a more accurate perception of physio-dynamics, furnishing the basis of more appropriate reflexes and responses to the mover. For more information visit http://www.axissyllabus.org
The human body plan is a chaotic interweaving of twisting curves and oblique intersections, where there are no clear lines or right angles to be found.
Although geometrical simplicity is a prized value for performance, it follows that attempts to force the body to conform to monoplanes and single rotational axes presents the risk of injury. But the good news is, a basic study of anatomy and physics provides cues and clues for maintaining joint integrity when creating resonant geometrical shapes and pathways. Using the Axis Syllabus as a guide to joint centration and coherency, this session will provide a methodological approach to simultaneous geometrical clarity and health conservation.
The masterclass is open to dance, music, and drama teachers, singers, instrumentalists, performers, advanced students, and anyone interested in optimising static and dynamic alignment while researching their desired Esthetics in the performing arts. This workshop is recognised and validated by the Commissariat à l'Enseignement Musical as a Professional Development Training for the teachers of the conservatoires and UGDA schools.

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Frey Faust

Born in 1960, Frey Faust began performing at the age of 8 with his family as a traveling troubadour. He is a second generation contact improviser and an alumnus of the 80´s New York dance scene. Some of his more important early influences came from: Shekhinah Mountainwater, Nita Little, Pavel Rouba, Rene Bazinet, and Janet Panetta. He has worked with and for a number of artists (order of appearance): Ohad Naharin, Donald Byrd, David Parsons, Gina Buntz, Howard Katz, Merce Cunningham, Meredith Monk, Randy Warshaw, Bob Een, Stephen Petronio, Danny Ezralow… to name a few. He founded or co-founded three dance companies, and has created or co-created over 40 choreographic solo and group works. Following an independent study of anatomy, biomechanics, and physics, he has been able to build a pedagogical approach that has made him a sought after teacher, personal coach and technical counselor. After fifteen years of research, he consolidated his findings in a book, ‘The Axis Syllabus – human movement lexicon’, which he continues to edit with the help of the Axis Syllabus International Research Network. Founded in 2009, the ASIRN is a rapidly expanding group of experts from many related fields in the human movement and education sciences. Recently, his work on the AS has been focused into the construction of a symbol set with the potential to streamline movement documentation and analysis. He also makes shoes, speaks 4 languages, continues to create and perform dances.
Dates and times
1, 2, 3 April 2020
From 10:00 to 13:00  

Conservatoire de la Ville de Luxembourg
33 rue Charles Martel, L-2134 Luxembourg
Full fee 130€/110€* if you register before 25th Feb 2020. One day only: 50€
Concessions(/Independent artists/jobseekers: 100€/90€* if you register before 25th Feb 2020. One day only: 30€
Free registration for conservatoire and UGDA teachers and advanced students.
Information and registration
For more information and/or to register please send the attached form to Emanuela Iacopini at
info@dancescience.net / phone: + 352 621 176 263


Thank you for spreading the word!

Dance Science Net: The Axis Syllabus 1-3 Apr 2020

Emanuela Iacopini

Dance Science Net 
VEDANZA STUDIOS, 18 rue Louvigny, L-1946 Luxembourg
[url=tel:%28%2B352%29%20621%20176263]+352) 621 176263   info@dancescience.net   http://www.dancescience.net

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  International Conference on " Freedom & Constraint"
Posted by: Ieva Ginkeviciute - 01-10-2020, 04:35 PM - Forum: AXIS SYLLABUS EVENTS - No Replies

International Conference "Freedom & Constraint" 
Movement / Communication / Education / Performance
2021 April 28- May 1

REGISTRATION (early bird until 2021 01 31) https://asirnforum.wixsite.com/freedomconstraint20

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  Notes from a Teachers Lab Barcelona 2019
Posted by: Ayelet - 01-08-2020, 07:33 PM - Forum: ASIRN LABORATORY SUMMARIES - No Replies

* this T Lab was open to any participant interested. Not only teachers and teacher candidates of the AS 

Teachers Lab Barcelona. 

Notes of Ayelet
*I did not log in all that was happening. Just taking some notes. Please add if you have any. 
* I took notes only of the first 2 days. 

Day 1. 

Feedback from Lab class

  • Inviting the students to our home, our imaginary world. Story telling. 

  • Ether using AS specific terminology- but explaining it. Or avoiding the AS specific terminology and inviting people to explore the zone we work on/ phenomena… I.e if working on the Anatomical Centre. 

  • Referring to the context in which the lab class is taking space. Other classes of colleges, structure of event etc. 

  • Carrying the topic/focuses of the class to the Fraze, so that the fraze becomes a context to explorer that principle. 

  • When relating to reproductive organs- being carful around exclusion 

  • Knowing in advance what are the tricky moments in the fraze, and how to unfold/ explain them.

  • how do movement habits inform the movement, process of the organs. 


What are we gathered here to explorer: 

  • practicing transmission and pedagogy around the AS by offering short investigations. 

  • Playing with different lengths of practices where the main question is how to transmit the AS and adapt it to a changing context, situation, person etc… 

  • adaptability in transmission. 

  • A proposition to talk about Pain Science. The relationship between sensation, fascia, movement habits. 

  • How to look at/teach the same topic in different ways (in the context of regular classes and long lasting teaching periods) 

  • assessment of when and how to approach a topic/student. 

  • The assessment/proposition is not prescriptive but responsive/suggestive. 

  • How to keep it fun for us as teachers as well as for the participants. And how to manage high risk situations? And the fact of not being able to satisfy all…? 
Manuela, presentation of the HMA

  • Was learning through imitation primarily. Realizing what can be gained through imitation, together with realizing the lack of ability to explain what one is doing. 

  • inquiring into why can and can’t I do things I see. 

  • Thinking about language, learning and teaching languages: tow strategies to learn- totally merging (like going to a placebo learn the language)- works pretty well for most of the time, getting things you need. But when it comes to making a point… engaging in a deeper conversation-  you feel incapable. 

  • The other way of learning a language is by making a mind map. A structure. How to put the words together so that they can really make sense. 

  • Translating that into movement language. 

  • Utilizing the HMA as a way to understand grammar and singex of movement. 

  • Presenting what is the HMA - created by Frey using a symbol set for body parts and the events that link and connect those body parts. 

  • Looking at the HMA symbol sheet. 

  • Exploring the symbols of directionality. Mainly curves and spirals.

  • Exploration: each one gets a map of the body and chooses a body part and an aspect of it. The event note. Then using arrows; vector arrows, ( elevation, depletion, left, right, forward, backward). Spin arrows; spinning around an Axis. (Horizontal, Sagittal, vertical)- roll of right hand thumb. Curved arrows/ orbit arrows. 

  • We are looking at a phrase and learning it only by imitation and then choosing a body part and using the HMA to Annalise it. Using words in places we don’t know how to utilize the symbol set. 

  • timing of the day to interact with this material. When to use which teaching tactics to serve different learning needs, pathways. 

  • helpful in understanding what is moving in relationship to what (for example when students see a big arm gesture in the space…) 

  • dialoging and analyzing rather then archiving. 

  • Doing different notation rounds/ sketches of the same motive. With fresh eyes. 

  • How detailed do you go? What is the most important to notate?…

  • Helps to understand all the implicit functionalities of s movement. A good tool for studying Biomechanics and Anatomy. The practice of understanding what is relevant. 

  • In can serve as an entrance door. Like a motive that is fractalized. 

  • How much of a challenge is encouraging/ disencouraging?… 

  • The passion with which a topic is thought affects how it’s received.

  • How to get indications if people are overwhelmed or not… for instance in a moment of asking if anyone has questions and nobody answers…. 

  • Making choices of what we need as students. 

Day 2 

Lab class Feedback

Self assesment;  

  • Negotiating information and sensation.  Experiential information and theoretical information. 

  • The usage or utilization of terms, tools that probably not everybody knows, understands. 
Feed back; 

  • reacting and adapting to moments that ask for attention, call for in depth look while keeping the energetically arc. 

  • Clear explanations by themselves. A recommendation to have in mind a general ambreala to which all the different moments can fall into. 

  • Saving time and words by creating an overall focus. 

  • keeping a narrower base. 

  • What are you looking to enhance through the class. 

  • What role does each exercise play in the overall objective of the class?… 

  • Refining the information and then returning to the same exercise to try it in the context. 

  • How to place yourself and the group when working with an anatomical program. 

  • What do we put in the center and what in the periphery. 

  • Ether to limit the possibilities of the exploration or to accept that there would be many unexpected outcomes. 

  • Specifying tone, tension, etc,,, 

  • Asking oneself what I can do well and what I can i less do well. As a way to build on…. Develop
What is the difference between an axis syllabus class, and a class using/utilizing the axis syllabus to learn something (style, choreography, a specific practice, skill) ? 


  • using one phrase that the whole group learned. dividing into little groups, each group chooses a lens/map from the AS and analyses this phrase through that lens/map/filter. I.e a motion center, landing pads, motoric masses, spheres of activity etc. 
Presentation Mina 

  • a mini class about ‘reaction force’ .  looking at walking and running. The gate that encapsulated Or conceives the seed for all principals of human motion. 

  • Ground reaction

  • Referring to the developmental movement (mentioning BMC) how process, function informs form. 

  • clarifying ground reaction, gravity, fall, propulsion, Neuton laws. 

  • The phenomena of lack of propulsion in gate patterns

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  Axis Syllabus Workshop Cycle in Basel 2020
Posted by: Livia - 12-16-2019, 05:37 PM - Forum: AXIS SYLLABUS EVENTS - No Replies


February 21/22/23 Diana Thielen  - Resilience in adaptation

April 24/25/26 Antoine Ragot - „Your inner fish“

May 22/23/24 Baris Mihci - Movement mutations

October 9/10/11 Frey Faust - Triangulation, natural genius

November 13/14/15 Francesca Pedulla - Enquiring under the forms

Check the full workshop descriptions out bellow.

Location: TanzRaum im Warteck, Burgweg 15, 4058 Basel

Schedule: Friday 18.00 – 20.30 / Sa & Su 10.00 – 16.00 (with one hour lunch break)

Price: Swiss francs / Euro
Regular workshop price: 220 / 200
Early Bird – until one month before: 200 / 185
Core-group price – if 4 or 5 of the workshops are booked: 180 / 165
Optional reduction for people not living in switzerland: -20 / -18

Housing: To make it possible for people arriving from further away to participate, there's the possibility to organise housing for 10-20 per night for a limited number or people.

The cycle is a whole which means that the people who participate in 4 or 5 of the weekends belong to the core-group that will have a priority in registration.

Registration and Questions to: Livia Kern, livia.kern@hotmail.com

Resilience in adaptation

The "tensegrity principle” (tension and integrity), originally developed in architecture, has many applications in contemporary dance and contact improvisation and other diverse movement disciplines. Our body can be understood and experienced as a tensegrity structure. The fascial network provides our body with an autonomous and continuous tone. Forces acting upon the body are distributed throughout the whole system, which always reacts as a connected whole.
We will explore the nature of the structures that manifest the tensegrity principle in the human body in solo and duet exercises. We will seek stability and permeability and look for ways of applying these qualities in our own movement exploration. There will be space to explore and experiment together, so that these concepts will not remain purely intellectual but manifest in physical experience in dance.
For everyone who is keeps reflecting their own movement-or teaching/healing practice. Yoga teachers and practitioners, dance artists, manual therapists or body workers.

Diana Thielen 
I am a dance artist/performer/blogger(movementactivism.com) and teacher. I teach Axis Syllabus, as well as practices in dance, performance, body politics and yoga. I graduated at SEAD / Salzburg (and am currently a student of Gender Studies / Educational Studies (BA) in Berlin. My work includes interdisciplinary perspectives that relate to my interest in queer theory, intersectional feminism, and postcolonial studies, as well as pondering and exploring private realities as a queer woman. As a teacher, I see my strength in my genuine wish to support each individual’s journey. Their experiences, as well as, their curiosities, doubts, vulnerabilities and lust to move and study are invited, to create a safe learning atmosphere.

"Your Inner Fish"
Evolutionary perspective on anatomical function, biomechanics and design of the body

365 millions years ago, a brave fish tried for the first time to hang out on land… And then what?
The evolutionary perspective helps us track morphological function and critical mechanisms involved in locomotoric patterns and thus sheds a fascinating light on our pursuit of investigating the contemporary human moving body. 
The analysis, exploration and fine adjustment of efficient locomotion in the 3 dimensional world and infinite possibilities of level change, will be an essential aspect of this week end.
This workshop aims to support the development of quotidian and athletic skills and is thought as a playful navigation between the modern world and our ancient heritage.

Antoine Ragot
Antoine was born in Poitiers, France and is now based in Berlin. Being an athlete throughout his first 20 years of life, his interest in the body manifested in two years of medical school which led to the university of sport sciences of which he graduated with a Bachelor degree specializing in education and motor skills. He then became involved in dance and different contact improvisation communities throughout France which brought him closer to unify his interests for the body, movement and performance. Today Antoine brings many years of teaching contact improvisation, sports and early motor development to his fastidious bent for research and sharing of the Axis Syllabus. Antoine is known for his enthusiasm and infecting others with the movement-research-geek-syndrome. Currently, his research is oriented towards paleoanthropology and functional morphology as well as the refinement and development of athletic skills via a friction between the Axis Syllabus research and problem-solving situations.

Movement mutations - Simple is complex

The question of how to move well or improve movement is one that many of us who are curious about movement education ask ourselves. The many ways a movement can be done seem endless. My attention when moving or watching movement is often drawn to these huge numbers of choices that exist; the amount of options and variations for example in walking, rolling, running or jumping. Which choice is more logic or just? On what basis and how can we choose? 
I would like to invite you into an investigation  that can help us in deepening our perspectives and understanding about how to choose a specific coordination for a specific context. Breaking down movement patterns or motives will serve as examples for adding options to the ones we already have, appreciate complexity hidden inside simplicity and experience something known as something unknown. 
We will also consider external aspects like space, forces or individual physical differences that play a role when we learn or integrate movement. Information from anatomy and mechanics will support us in making informed decisions. 
I think that adding options and perceiving them as a multilayered universe that we understand partially only rather than limitations or contradiction can give us wealth and richness. 

Baris Mihci 
was born 1976 in Wuppertal, Germany and is currently based between Turkey and Europe. He graduated with degrees in social pedagogy, German language, Sports and special education for physically disabled children at the University of Cologne. Baris then began his dancing life.  His curiosity about the art of dancing was strongly influenced by following the work of Pina Bausch for over 14 years.  Coming from an athletic background, movement was always a big interest to him. In 2001 he was introduced and immersed himself in the Axis Syllabus enabling.  Baris acquired a teacher's certificate after 4 years and has been teaching regularly for dancers and non-dancers alike across Europe since.  He has taught at Studio Hybrid, Dancetrumjette, the Cullberg Ballet, Tanzquartier among many other professional dance training institutions. Baris’ performance work is based in solo, site specific and improvisation. He has presented solos at Belgart Moment Festival, Festival tanzhautnah, RAC Festival (Brussels) among others. He has also collaborated extensively with Collectif en Transit, devoted to bringing dance to urban public spaces.  Baris is a key organizer of the Nomadic College since 2004 and a member of the Axis Syllabus member assessment panel.

Triangulation, natural genius

Nature's habit of using triangulated collagen fibers as the foundational building block for molecular construction is reflected in the macro-structures of the human body as well. Everywherewe look we see asymmetrical, torsional triangles, and the movements our joints and ligamentssuggest are extensions of the paradigm. This observation provides the strongest argument for poly-axial motion as the basic diet for the training and preparation of anyone who plans to move.
In this session, I will share perception and observation of this geometrical phenomenon in some anatomical structures, using anatomical images as my reference, and lead you in some directapplications of the observations for joyful moving.

Frey Faust
Born in 1960, Frey Faust began performing at the age of 8 with his family as a traveling troubadour. He is a second generation contact improviser and an alumnus of the 80´s New York dance scene. Some of his more important early influences came from: Shekhinah Mountainwater, Nita Little, Pavel Rouba, Rene Bazinet, and Janet Panetta. He has worked with and for a number of artists (order of appearance: Ohad Naharin, Donald Byrd, David Parsons, Gina Buntz, Howard Katz, Merce Cunningham, Meredith Monk, Randy Warshaw, Bob Een, Stephen Petronio, Danny Ezralow... to name a few. He founded or co-founded three dance companies, and has created or co-created over 40 choreographic solo and group works. Following an independent study of anatomy, biomechanics, and physics, he has been able to build a pedagogical approach that has made him a sought after teacher, personal coach and technical counselor. After fifteen years of research, he consolidated his findings in a book, 'The Axis Syllabus - human movement lexicon', which he continues to edit with the help of the Axis Syllabus International Research Community. Founded in 2009, the ASIRC is a rapidly expanding group of experts from many related fields in the human movement and education sciences. Recently, his work on the AS has been focused into the construction of a symbol set with the potential to streamline movement documentation and analysis. He also makes shoes, speaks 4 languages, continues to create and perform dances.

Enquiring under the forms
internal and external adaptations

... but, the exterior of a living thing, what else is it but the eternal manifestation of the interior? The exterior, or vehicle, is so finely tuned to the internal construct in all its variety and delicate complexity, that it is itself destined to become internalized,because the two qualities of internal and external are in a direct and permanent rapport, whether in a state of repose or virtuosicmovement...”
J.W. Goethe

How can I differentiate the perception of the multiple actions - reactions of the body when it is in movement?
How can I define the boundaries between what is me and what is not? 
How can I use and specify the role of my structures to absorb, resist, push, pull, get closer, get away? 
Through the tools offered by the Axis Syllabus we will observe and play with the sophisticated intelligence of the body in motion and its interactions with the environment that surrounds us; we will work on theoretical and practical stimuli, individual and group improvisations, and we will dance together.
The workshop is open to dancers, actors, musicians, professionals and amateurs of the movement and to all who are interested in experiencing an accurate awareness of the body and its expressive potential.

Dance artist, Axis Syllabus teacher and independent curator. Fascinated by human relationships and curious about successful, unsuccessful and unfinished dialogues, I make the body the subject and the object of my inquiry. Based in Berlin, but always in movement, I choreograph, perform and teach throughout Europe, Israel, the USA, Canada, Brazil and Benin.
http://www.francescapedulla.org / http://www.myelinzone.org

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  TRACES 2020
Posted by: francesca - 11-22-2019, 11:30 AM - Forum: AXIS SYLLABUS EVENTS - No Replies

HELP FUND TRACES!!! https://allmecen.com/main/contents/projects/339


 VII Edition

Interweaving Wisdom

Ouidah: From January 30 to February 16 2020

Directed by: SONAGNON Cultural Association (Benin)

In collaboration with:
The International Research Network Axis Syllabus
Posidonia Green Project

With the support of:
the Ouidah City Council
the Collectif des Acteurs Culturels de Ouidah (CACO)

Artistic and educational direction: 
Eric ACAKPO and Francesca PEDULLÀ

Assistante with artistic and educational direction: Sara PARISI

Coordination: Barbara KPOMALEGNI, Edoardo BRODASCA, Baris MIHCI

Teachers: Eric ACAKPO, Francesca PEDULLÀ, FAUST Frey, Baris MIHCI, Sara PARISI, and invited dancers
Musicians: Eric ACAKPO, Aliou GUESSERE and invited musicians
Photographer: Barbara CALI

Info and registration: tracesformation@gmail.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/tracesformation/?fref=ts

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Initiated in 2012, TRACES is a multidisciplinary study in dance, music and choreographic creation structured by several modules. Originally addressing Beninese artists, TRACES focuses on the transmission of the knowledge collected in the Axis Syllabus for the analysis and re-elaboration of the traditional dances of Benin.
Since 2017 TRACES has woven an ever stronger link between the Axis Syllabus International Research Network and Benin's  and Togo’s traditional and contemporary dance circles, by periodically organizing a residence in the historic city of Ouidah that is open to international experts and participants.
Ouidah, which is the cradle of the Vodoun culture and center of the transatlantic slave trade, is an important crossroads of the meeting of several cultures. Inspired by this history, TRACES offers a context of open research on dialogue and artistic exchange. Our intention is to transmit movement and choreographic skill and share experience without imposing an aesthetic style. 
By inviting participants from all over the world, TRACES aspires to confront them with different culturally articulated ways of organizing or accessing knowledge.

Our main objectives are:
Provide inter-disciplinary tools, structure them to stimulate individual creativity
Make the cultural treasures of Beninese accessible by sharing them with a respectful approach using the tools offered by the Axis Syllabus.
To test the impact that the encounter between different forms of art and different cultures can have on each of us.

Reassured by the experiences of the past years, TRACES 2020 will host a new residence by expanding its activities on other dimensions such as: Carnival, photo exhibitions of past editions, the creation of a show to be presented at the end of the training ... all this open to the public for active involvement in the historic city, Ouidah.

We are convinced that each individual, each culture in its own specificity, contributes to enriching a "universal" CULTURE


Arrival Date: Thursday 30th or Friday 31st of January
Departure Date: Sunday 16th or Monday 17th of February 

The Classes will happen in different venues in Ouidah / Some in an open air space on sand
Meals will be served from the evening of Friday 31st to Sunday 16th noon at the Oriki Bar, Quartier Zomai . Lunch at 13.30 / dinner at 20.30

Friday 31st 
16.00  Welcoming and orientation circle
Saturday 1st 
from 9.00 to 13.00 Opening - Carnival in the street of Ouidah
14.00 Lunch
17.00  Field Research visit in Ouidah
Sunday the 2nd
13.00 Lunch
17.00 to 20.00  Class

From Monday 3rd to Friday 7th
9.00 to 13.00  and 17.00 to 20.00 Class with alternating teachers 
Saturday 8th   
9.00 to 19.00 Field Research visit in a closer village
Sunday 9th FREE

From Monday 10th to Friday 14th
9.00 to 13.00 Class with alternating teachers
17.00 to 20.00 Creative Lab
Saturday 15th 
9.00 to 13.00 Field Research visit in Ouidah
18.00 to 21.00  Leaving Traces Performative evening
Sunday 16th
10.00 to 17.00 field visit in Ouidah

* Local conditions might require us to alter the schedule.
* Classes will be taught in French. An English translation will be provided if needed

Fee for non-African resident: 1200€

the participation fee includes:
field visits 
housing: single room hotel  (from Thursday January 30th to Sunday February 16th)
lunch and dinner (participants will provide for their own breakfast)
local transport is not included

Participant Conditions:
Confirm your registration before the 30th of November 2019
Non residents must send 600€ before the 15th of December 2019  
Non residents must reserve their flight and submit a copy of their plane ticket before the 15th of December 2019 
Every participant is responsible to inform themselves about local visa and vaccination regulations
The organization can provide invitation letters if required by visa regulations or if the participants need to apply for funding.

Responsibilities :
All participants must guarantee their participation in the entire curriculum
All participants are encouraged to help with basic community tasks.

Transport, Housing and Meals:
The organization will undertake to reserve housing, transport from and to the airport in Cotonou, and provide lunch and dinner.
Traces will only take care of transport from and to Cotonou, housing and collateral logistics from the 30th to the 17th of February

Please let us know your food allergies, intolerances, or other personal needs in advance.


The Axis Syllabus - Somatological Alignment
Teacher:  Frey Faust
Somatological alignment implies respect for the inherent design of the body in the practice of postural "Neutrality". Practically speaking, postural neutrality is evident in the disciplined habit of joint contiguity or articular congruity while moving or when still. In this workshop, Frey will look intently at the body's reoccurring fractal paradigms, and consider how we enter into relationship with our body, with the environment, and with others as we dance.

Ancient Kinetic Wisdom  
Analysis and re elaboration of traditional dances

Teacher: Francesca Pedullà & Eric Acakpo and invited traditional dancers 
Live Music: Eric Acakpo; Aliou Guessere and invited musicians

During the work, we will discover the universal bio-mechanic and the subtle, rhythmic principles on which some traditional motifs are built. We will look at the tools that the Axis Syllabus can offer us to read, analyze and embody the traditional dances from Benin. (spinal mechanics, alignment review, basic physic, elastic recoil…).
We will step further by learning some traditional dances and relating them to their context (content, meaning, spatial relation and dialogue with the rhythm)
With the help of our musicians we will discover the fundamental architecture on which the rhythms that we are dancing are built. We will analyze the relationship between the main rhythms and we will start to recognize the voice of the soloist drum.
Moreover we will use the gathered experience to move towards creative collective and personal re-elaboration. 

Timeless language 
Ancient bodies seen with current science
Teachers: Baris Mihci and Frey Faust 

Our current physiology is a common heritage, a mix of biological, chemical and cultural bodies, unified and selected by nature over million of years.
We carry knowledge of intuitive experiences, results or processes of anatomical and biomechanical studies, an accumulated understanding of physics, functionality and efficiency combined with a rich sensory network. 
This gives us the possibility to reflect on commonalities in almost anything we do, for example when dancing traditional or contemporary styles. We can analyse traditional approaches, discover variations on pattern combinations, beliefs, practices and attitudes towards the body, and sort out what is useful for our current context. Using recent biomechanical studies, we can consider all these layers of life in ourselves in order to find more sincerity and meaning while dancing. 

Hip Hop over Borders
Teacher: Sara Parisi

Although Hip Hop began in the USA, its rapid international expansion and the social empowerment the burgeoning community has provided to its adepts through the years, benefits from a solid philosophy of individual innovation and cultural porosity. This inclusive philosophy allows individuals to excel in their own expression, yet find solidarity and support. The principal values of Hip Hop are: to gather people, accessibility for all social groups, space to share creatively.
In this session, we will explore the possible gestural meaning and rhythmic sophistication of a few of the traditional HH styles formally as well as biomechanically, while drawing parallels and integrating some fundamentals from occidental, eastern and eastern traditional dances.

Leaving Traces
Creation lab
Facilitators: Francesca Pedullà, Eric acakpo, Baris Mihci, Frey Faust, Sara Parisi

Leaving Traces  is a moment for all participants to find an avenue to express or extrapolate something of their own experience. The facilitators will suggest manifestation and editing methodology, but are mainly there to support a personal process. There will be an informal performance at the end, as a means of sharing the result of the process in the form of a coherent, abstract and compact trace.

Fa – The art of Divination
Teacher Eric Acakpo 
“The Fa”, a cultural archive of Indo-European, middle eastern, and African influences, is a compendium of fables, legends,  songs, metaphors and symbolic references, as well as a divination or scrying method. A critical key to understanding the mores and world views of many modern African cultures, “The Fa” links story, song and sophisticated moral instruction to a mathematical structure that stimulates memory and provokes reflection and self discovery. With a life-long, passionate dedication to the study and practice of this system, Eric is a humorous, methodical, patient and competent master of “The Fa”.

Field Research / collective experience
As an essential part of the program we will visit a few Vodoun ceremonies, in order to contextualize our research and be exposed to the social and spiritual roles with which the dance and music are vested. This is an invitation to experience their powerful potential for expression.


Dance-artist Francesca Pedullà and musician Eric Acakpo work together since more than 10 years, teaching, creating contexts for cultural and artistic exchange and performing in Benin and abroad. They founded the Beninese Cultural Association Sonagnon in 2006 with the aim to protect and share the richness of Beninese culture and provide an exchange platform for artists from all over the world. From 2008 to 2012 they co-directed the international project Dialogues Inévitables realized in collaboration with various cultural association and with the support of several international institutions. Since 2012 they co-direct TRACES, an annual professional educational platform for dance and choreographic practice based in Cotonou and Ouidah with the collaboration of the Axis Syllabus International Research Network.

Their artistic and pedagogic collaboration focuses on the fundamental spiritual and social roles in which dance and music are vested in Benin’s culture. Their attention is captured by the structure and phasing of ritual as a performative act where the body, the rhythm, the voice, the gesture and repetition become instruments of evocation, portals for connection and access to collective memory. These processes translate from the persona to the collective and although structured, leave space for improvisation.

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Francesca Pedullà – dance artist, independent curator and a dance teacher. Holds a Masters in History of Theatre and Performing Arts, a diploma as professor of African Dance Expression - FEIDA Bordeaux. Certified to teach the Axis Syllabus. Since 1998 she spends several months a year living in Benin, who's culture has been a profound influence. Since 2005, she develops artistic works and cultural projects in Europe and Benin. Based in Berlin, she choreographs, performs and teaches throughout Europe, the USA, Canada, Israel, Brazil and Benin. Her focus looks at how structurally supported action or expressive gesture is the result of continuous adaptation. Her objective as a teacher is to stimulate a critical appraisal of the circumstances in and around us through a gradual building of a common store of technical references (biomechanics, musicality, spatial relationships) and through creative games and discussions for channeling the potential of the individual and collective body.

Eric Acakpo 
was steeped in the traditional rhythms, songs and dances of Benin since early childhood. 
Besides membership in several folkloric ensembles, he toured African and European Festivals as a dancer/musician with the Voodoo Brass Band in the early 2000’s.  
Important early dance teachers were the Italian choreographer Anouska Brodaks, and the great pedagog, choreographer, dancer and countryman Koffi Koko. He toured Europe, Central and South America as a dancer in Mr. Koko’s “Les fueilles qui resiste au vent”, a full length dance work. He then worked for Mr. Koko as a musician and assistant for several years around Europe.
In 2006 he was the only musician selected to represent Benin in the creation of the show “Africa, mais pas seulement” 
Created and curated by the Association “Melody for Dialogue among Civilizations”. The performance was presented to the then President of the Republic of Nigeria. 
In 2006 he co-founded the cultural Association “Sonagnon” with the dancer choreographer Francesca Pedullà. The objective of the Association is to highlight the art and culture of Benin and create opportunities for exchange and research contexts for artists. The Sonagnon Association receives support from the French Institute of Cotonou and from various international organizations, produces training workshops, creative residencies and performance opportunities for local and internationally based artists. The collaboration with F. Pedullà also included two co-directed performance projects: “Dialogues Inevitables” and “The Myth of the God Money”. This last work toured to Cotonou, Brussels, Genoa, Bielefeld and Berlin. 
He and Ms. Pedullá also co-direct the pedagogical initiative “Traces” Since 2012 which proposes movement, anatomy, physics and choreographic study for professional dancers. Traces is a collaboration with the Axis Syllabus International Research Network and IRSP of Ouidah. 
In 2014 and 2015, he taught at the Nomadic College Gamboa, Brazil, at the Rio Centro Centroção, Rio de Janeiro, at the Federal University of Salvador de Bahia, and at the Cultural Center Petzhold of Porto Alegre. Most recently he founded and led the musical project “Les Tambours du Benin”, with the intention to preserve and transmit traditional Benin rhythms.

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  MOVEMENT, A LIVING LANGUAGE // Frey Faust in Fano - Italy
Posted by: Manuela Martella - 11-16-2019, 09:02 AM - Forum: AXIS SYLLABUS EVENTS - No Replies


// Italiano vedi sotto //

Axis Syllabus Workshop - Fano (IT)

11th + 12th January 2020
Saturday 11th January
2pm - 8pm (including one hour break)

Sunday 12th January
10am - 4pm (including one hour break) 

95€ (early bird registrations before 15th December) 
110€ (for registrations after 15th December) 
65€ (one day)

+ 10€ Association membership and insurance

Dojo Shingen 
Via IV Novembre 36
Fano (PU)

It is possible to sleep in the studio in exchange of a small contribution. If you’re interested, please ask for info when you register.

Tel: + 39 346 892 9955
Mail: abbondanza.mm@gmail.com

*In order to confirm you spot, you it is necessary to send a deposit of 65€ which is not refundable after the 20th December. 

Directionality is the living language we speak as creative moving bodies. Space, time, mass and rhythm are separate but integral aspects of this language, along with kinetic energy, inertia, momentum. The vector equation is a summation of all of these aspects: something or someone going somewhere meeting something or someone at a certain speed and over a certain distance within a certain time... to study directionality is to become literate in this universal language. Literacy furthers. In this session we will explore several methods for experiencing and improving directional appraisal and accuracy: rhythmic solo and partnered choreography and improvisation, anatomical theory and physics, graphic abstraction and creative notation.     -    OPEN LEVEL WORKSHOP    -

The AXIS SYLLABUS is a human movement lexicon that interrelates information from anatomy, biomechanics and physics to universal movement principles.
Originally consolidated by Frey Faust, the AS has become a movement and research platform for the ASIRN (Axis Syllabus International Research Network). Hailing from diverse areas of expertise, ASIRN members are exploring the kinetic potential of the human body and developing functional movement patterns beyond esthetic criteria. They are physically applying, exploring and counterchecking the data gathered in the AS and also introducing new empirical/scientific data to the group, which keeps the AS evolving constantly. 
In AS classes certified teachers are fostering collaborative and explorative learning situations and propose models for a joyful way of moving in accordance with our body structure and its physical context.
As a reference for locomotion, The Axis Syllabus reflects on how we might move and dance in a health-promoting and respectful manner - towards ourselves and others with whom we are sharing movement, time and space.

Born in 1960 began performing at the age of 8 with his family as a traveling troubadour. He is a second generation contact improviser and an alumnus of the 80´s New York dance scene. Some of his more important early influences came from: Shekhinah Mountainwater, Nita Little, Pavel Rouba, Rene Bazinet, and Janet Panetta. He has worked with and for a number of artists (order of appearance): Ohad Naharin, Donald Byrd, David Parsons, Gina Buntz, Howard Katz, Merce Cunningham, Meredith Monk, Randy Warshaw, Bob Een, Stephen Petronio, Danny Ezralow... to name a few. He founded or co-founded three dance companies, and has created or co-created over 40 choreographic solo and group works. Following an independent study of anatomy, biomechanics, and physics, he has been able to build a pedagogical approach that has made him a sought after teacher, personal coach and technical counselor. After fifteen years of research, he consolidated his findings in a book, 'The Axis Syllabus - human movement lexicon', which he continues to edit with the help of the Axis Syllabus International Research Network. Founded in 2009, the ASIRN is a rapidly expanding group of experts from many related fields in the human movement and education sciences. Recently, his work on the AS has been focused on the provision of an online "university" for the study of the human body: The ASIRN Forum, as well as the construction of a symbol set with the potential to streamline movement documentation, creation and analysis, The Human Movement Alphabet. He also makes shoes, speaks 4 languages, and continues to create and perform dances.

// Italiano //

Axis Syllabus Workshop - Fano (IT)

11 + 12 Gennaio 2020
Sabato 11 Gennaio
14h - 20h (inclusa un’ora di pausa)

Domenica 12 Gennaio
10h - 16h (inclusa un’ora di pausa)

95€ (per iscrizioni entro il 15 Dicembre) 
110€ (per iscrizioni dopo il 15 Dicembre)
65€ (una sola giornata)

+ 10€ Tesseramento associativo assicurativo

Dojo Shingen 
Via IV Novembre 36
Fano (PU)

È possibile pernottare all’interno dello studio contro un piccolo contributo. Se siete interessati, chiedete al momento dell’iscrizione. 

Tel: + 39 346 892 9955
Mail: abbondanza.mm@gmail.com

*Per confermare il vostro posto, è necessario versare un acconto di 60€ non rimborsabile oltrepassato il 20 Dicembre. 

La direzionalità è la lingua vivente che noi parliamo come corpi moventi e creativi. Spazio, tempo, massa e ritmo sono aspetti separati ma integrali di questa lingua, insieme all’energia cinetica, l’inerzia e la quantità di moto. L’equazione dei vettori è la somma di tutti questi aspetti: qualcosa o qualcuno che va in una direzione incontra qualcosa o qualcuno a una certa velocità e lungo una certa distanza e entro un un certo arco di tempo … studiare le direzionalità significa istruirsi in un linguaggio universale. Imparare incoraggia a proseguire. In questa sessione esploreremo diversi metodi per sperimentare e migliorare la capacità e l’accuratezza di valutare scelte direzionali: solo ritmici, coreografie e improvvisazioni di coppia, teoria anatomic e fisica, astrazione grafica e notation creativa.  -    LIVELLO UNICO APERTO ANTUTTI   - 

THE AXIS SYLLABUS è un lessico del movimento umano che confronto informazioni provenienti dall’anatomia, dalla bio-meccanica e dalla fisica fino ai principi universali del movimento. Originariamente consolidato da Frey Faust, l’AS è devenuto una piattaforma di ricerca e di movimento per l’ASIRN (Axis Syllabus International Research Network). Provenendo da diverse aree di competenza, i membri dell’ASIRN esplorano il potenziale cinetico del corpo umano e sviluppano strutture funzionali di movimento al di là di qualsiasi criterio estetico. Applicare fisicamente, indagare e incrociare i dati raccolti all’interno dell’AS, e introdurre nuovi dati empirici /scientifici al gruppo, fa sì che l’AS evolve continuamente. Durante le classi di AS gli insegnanti certificati incoraggiano situazioni di apprendimento collaborative ed esplorative e propongono modelli per un modo gioioso di muoversi in accordo con la struttura del nostro corpo e il suo contesto fisico concreto. Come punto di riferimento per la locomozione, l’Axis Syllabus riflette su come potremmo muoverci e danzare in maniera salutare, sostenibile e rispettoso nel tempo - verso noi stessi e verso gli altri con cui condividiamo il movimento, il tempo e lo spazio.

Nato nel 1960 ha iniziato a performare all'età di 8 anni con la sua famiglia come cantastorie itinerante. È un contact improviser di seconda generazione e un alunno della scena newyorkese degli anni '80. Alcune delle sue influenze iniziali più importanti provengono da: Shekhinah Mountainwater, Nita Little, Pavel Rouba, René Bazinet e Janet Panetta. Ha lavorato con e per un certo numero di artisti : Ohad Naharin, Donald Byrd, David Parsons, Gina Buntz, Howard Katz, Merce Cunningham, Meredith Monk, Randy Warshaw, Bob Een, Stephen Petronio, Danny Ezralow .. .fra gli altri. Ha fondato o co-fondato tre compagnie di danza e ha creato o co-creato oltre 40 lavori coreografici e di gruppo. Dopo uno studio indipendente di anatomia, biomeccanica e fisica, è stato in grado di costruire un approccio pedagogico che lo ha reso un ricercato insegnante, personal coach e consulente tecnico. Dopo quindici anni di ricerche, ha consolidato le sue scoperte in un libro, "The Axis Syllabus - Lessico del movimento umano", che continua a modificare con l'aiuto dell'Axis Syllabus International Research Network. Fondato nel 2009, l'ASIRN è un gruppo di esperti in rapida espansione provenienti da molti settori correlati nel campo del movimento umano e delle scienze dell'educazione. Recentemente, il suo lavoro sull'AS è stato incentrato sull’offerta di una "università" online per lo studio del corpo umano: il Forum ASIRN, così come la costruzione di un set di simboli per ottimizzare la documentazione del movimento, la creazione e analisi, “L'alfabeto del movimento umano”. Adora creare e realizzare scarpe, parla 4 lingue, e continua a creare ed eseguire danze.

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  Frey Faust activity calendar
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  Cosa può Un corpo? Research Lab - Genova
Posted by: francesca - 11-02-2019, 09:24 PM - Forum: AXIS SYLLABUS EVENTS - No Replies

Research Lab

                                                                                        Genova / March 12th to 21st, 2020

The project is organized by:
Rete Danzacontempoligure and Axis Syllabus International Research Network in collaboration with Teatro della Tosse

Info&Registration: cosapuouncorpo@gmail.com

We are glad to offer a second edition of our research lab about gathering, organizing resources and using them to share information on movement practices.
Our aim is to create a research context where together  we cultivate resources, expand the tools offered by the Axis Syllabus ), compare different approaches  in order to develop creative and logical transmission tools and strategies both for pedagogical and performative purposes.

Keywords: perception, perspectives, empathy, listening, transmission, negotiation, navigate the unexpected...

This year we set up a lab which develops in two sections: 
1. Resources I make  from Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th
2. Resources I use from Monday 16th to Saturday 21st 
It is possible to participate to the whole lab or to one single section.


RESOURCES I MAKE - Section 1 Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th
Facilitated by Francesca Pedullà, Barış Mıhçı, Lucia Palladino

In this first section we will focus on appropriate and effective strategies to teach, communicate and transmit information about the moving body.
A guided class offered every day by one of the facilitators will serve as a sample to start our investigation.
Moreover we will offer a frame which includes assessment skills, proposals for teaching, games and improvisation for enhancing attention and offer space to try and discover. 
The lab is open to anyone interested to expand their movement transmission skills for various disciplines and curious to experiment with different communication modalities.

RESOURCES I USE- Section 2 Monday 16th to Saturday 21st
Facilitated by Frey FAUST, Lucia Palladino, Francesca Pedullà 

In this second section we will use the tools developed through researching, teaching, communicating and transmitting information as lenses to look at Choreography. 
The study focus for this second year is an excerpt from the multiverse of Frey Faust's choreographic essays.
During the workshop a first moment is offered in order to warm up the body, a second is dedicated to the study of the choreographic material and a third one to its analysis.
A performance at La Claque - Teatro della Tosse - will give us the possibility to test and  share with the public our process.
This is as well the opportunity for us to create a study group in order to develop a further research and performative project departing from this material in 2020/2021.

Flyer: Pietro RAmella

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