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Information FREY FAUST workshop in SWEDEN (october 15-17th, 2020)
Posted by: Ieva Ginkeviciute - 10-01-2020, 01:12 PM - Forum: AXIS SYLLABUS EVENTS - No Replies

October 15-17th, 2020

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  Axis Syllabus workshops cycle @Scie Festival
Posted by: Nuvola Vandini - 09-21-2020, 05:09 PM - Forum: AXIS SYLLABUS EVENTS - No Replies

S C I E       F E S T I V A L 

body <> movement  

arts <> sciences
The concept conveyed by the festival' title is that matter undergoes a transformation as part of its effort to remain a part of everything else.

A desire to focus on what remains; the residue, trail, traces or spoors left by any process of transformation. 
Every action or movement leaves trails of matter that eventually turn into another form of matter. A subtle, slow process, difficult or even impossible to perceive for those who rush. Also the idea that the residue we generate, the trails we leave are the inheritance of future generations. They will influence, perhaps even compose the visible and invisible world in which they will live.
Like fireworks fill the sky with smoke, sulfur particles and metals, creating a spectacle inside the spectacle. The performance is over, the stage is empty but someone is still looking at it as if it were still occupied... and it is, it is full of that rarely mentioned contrail that every passage generates.
Acknowledging dance as a tool for inquiry into the human being, it's history, physical attributes, social expressions search for meaning and value, Scie facilitates a meeting space for art, science and culture. Scie aims to integrate theoretical and practical research,  to circulate different kinds of knowledge and practice by focusing on the relevance and commonness of content rather than formal constraints, Scie weaves on its program, dance training events, performances, meetings and round tables.

T O P I C     OF     2 0 2 0     E D I T I O N

Inspired by the research of the collective aRtipoda, we have adopted the concept of Desire Paths, as the fulcrum of the experiential reflection that we propose for the 2020 edition of Scie Festival.

"Studies and research have over time focused their attention on the movement of pedestrians within cities, noting how often they create alternative routes to those suggested by urbanization. A psychological and physical push induces pedestrians to trace alternative routes in the city jungle In literature we find several names for this practice: cow paths, pirate paths, social trails, kemonomichi (beast trails), chemins de l'âne (donkey paths), and Olifantenpad (elephant trails)"
DESIRE PATHS. (Bramley, 2018) . " - from aRtipoda -

A X I S     S Y L L A B U S     W O R K S H O P S

My walkable city W/ Francesca pedullà & Eric Acakpo | 28-31 October
Criss Cross path and tangential option W/ Frey Faust | 28-30 October
Ride the lightning of energy W/ Jerome d'Orso | 30 October - 1 November
Map makers W/ F.Faust & F. Pedullà | 31 October - 1 November
Ancien kinetic wisdom W/F.Pedullà & E. Acakpo | 24-25 October 

Workshop description are available on the web-site:
Workshops will be in person, located in big studios in the city of Bologna. Places are limited.

Early-bird is till September 30! 
here is the registration form' link: 



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Posted by: administrator - 09-07-2020, 05:40 PM - Forum: AXIS SYLLABUS EVENTS - No Replies

Your Next Series of 7 Online Classes:
September 7th to 28th at 6 pm ECT

Register at: portal1960@gmail.com

Sept. 7th   - Principles before Form - critical embodiment
Sept. 10th - Staying Power / letting go while holding on
Sept. 14th - Smooth Operation / graduates gradually graduating
Sept. 17th  - Lifting and Pushing / before, during, after
Sept. 21st  - Round and About / respect for biological fractals
Sept. 24th - Straight To the Point / support for direct trajectories  
Sept. 28th  - Bounce and Jiggle / your best friend on the block

The live classes will be recorded and posted on our forum (axisforums.org). 
You can access the links for free if you join. 
10 eur per year to view, 24 to participate.

If you want to take one or more of the rest of the series you can do that too.

Classes cost between 5 and 15 eur per class. 
Decide what you want to pay and how many classes you would like to take.
Make your transfer and send me a screenshot of the slip. 
I will then send you the Zoom link.

People are doing direct bank transfers or using Transferwise, as I don’t use PayPal or Venmo. 

You will need my address for the Transferwise form:

Frey Faust
Möckern Str. 79 
10965 Berlin, Germany


here are my bank coordinates

Frey Faust
Deutsche Bank
account - 0808774
IBAN DE65 6647 0024 0080 8774 00

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  Integrative Axis Syllabus Course
Posted by: Madeleine.shen - 08-17-2020, 08:12 AM - Forum: AXIS SYLLABUS EVENTS - No Replies

We invite you to participate in our Axis Syllabus training program -- a ramp towards physical health and well-being! 

Please email us at axis.syllabus.sur@gmail.com

This course is offered in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

If you are curious about the body, its movement and its health, this is an incredible opportunity to develop sensitivity, strength and body intelligence with like-minded people, developing an ecosystem to hold, transmit, exchange and create knowledge.

This 12-week course consists of:

  • Axis Syllabus Workshops
  • Anatomy classes
  • Fitness training
  • Mentoring and Community
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The course has 3 modules that explore specific Axis Syllabus topics through theory and practice, and investigation of the body in dynamic-perceptive movement.

[Image: heart.png]  Kinetic energy  -- How does the body manage energy and forces? How does the body in movement relate to gravity?

[Image: heart.png] 2) Liberty and Limits  -- What are the joint parameters in the human body and how can we become acquainted with our own? How does an embodied knowledge of these limits give us freedom and agency of choice over our movement and risk-taking?

[Image: heart.png] Tone  -- What are the different tissues in the body and their textures and tones? What does it mean to consider the tone of your body in a local area vs. the whole thing?

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  Managing inertia
Posted by: Manuela Martella - 05-24-2020, 12:43 PM - Forum: Comparisons - Weight, Volume, Length - No Replies

Some thoughts about different bodies, thus different variable, when managing inertia. Feel free to share yours.

"Inertia is the resistance an object has to change in its state of motion or stasis." (relative motion, relative stasis) I recommend reading the very interesting exchange between Frey and Jari in the forum chapter "simple definitions"

What increases resistance:
(what I could gather from the AS book and the forum)

- more mass  (weight, heavy/light, heavier/lighter)
- more speed  (fast, faster)
- more stillness  (slow, slower)
- more length  (dimension, volume)  
- more liquidity  (lower tone)
- more rigidity  (higher town)
- more friction (surfaces, air, water, materials, clothes, shoes)
- proximity of a force to the fulcrum  (radius, rotational inertia, rotational momentum)

Different bodies are characterized by different volumes and masses regarding single body parts. 

- a long light arm 
- a long heavy arm
- a short heavy arm
- a short light arm

Mass and dimension are not necessarily proportional.
Mass and dimension seem to be constant variables. 
Variations and combinations are probably infinite. As well as the proportions between the single body units. 

More liquidity or rigidity can be achieved by engaging more or less muscle unites in isometric muscle contraction or inhibition of contraction. That allows also to bind or unbind body parts into larger or smaller unites. Consequently, increasing or decreasing the dimension, mass and muscular "tone" of the body unite that is moving. 

A long body or body unit will tip over, fall, swing, rotate around a fulcrum and accelerate slower than a short body or body unit. It will also require more force to overcome inertial resistance. However, once it overcomes its initial resistance to stasis and gets going, the longer body or body unit will produce more kinetic energy, even if is has the same mass as a shorter object. Rotational kinetic energy is proportional to the radius. 

Shifting the fulcrum of rotation nearer towards the center of gravity of a body or a body unit, decreases inertial resistance. 

The body is a very complex example, as when we move we have to manage a multitude of combinations of rotational end translational momentum at the same time. 

Gradually accelerating. 
Anticipating deceleration. 
A small force applied for a long time can produce the same change in momentum as a large force applied briefly. 

Lowering the center of gravity can help gaining stability.

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  BAASE in PLACE 2020
Posted by: Nbowart - 05-14-2020, 02:42 AM - Forum: AXIS SYLLABUS EVENTS - Replies (1)


BAASE in PLACE is an online offering to the community of somatic learners who wish to dive into the evolving content of the Axis Syllabus, and develop their self practice while witnessing one another through the virtual medium.

  • This year we will be looking at the Nervous System and the Axis Syllabus, Fascia and Improvisation, and as always we will be dancing.

  • Our list of teachers is Kevin O’Connor, and Ruth Douthwright, Daniel Davis, Kristen Greco, Phoenicia Pettyjohn and Nuria Bowart.

  • This year at BAASE we have added a performance night: June 26th 5-7pm, all participants are invited to submit, 3 min. maximum length

  • Please check Axis Syllabus WEST for more details to come.

  • Please email axissyllabusca@gmail.com with any questions
BAASE in PLACE 2020 Online Schedule:
The structure is a morning session and an early evening session; all PST. Assignments and smaller groups will be created to support the learning as well. We will have an opening circle Monday, an anatomy potluck on Wednesday, and a performance offering on Friday (there is an invitation for all participants to contribute to the performance night, something up to 3min in length, video or live). 

Monday June 22nd
  • 9:30-11am Welcome circle and ALL teacher offering (all)

  • 5-6:30pm Improvising within Constraints (Kevin and Ruth)
Tuesday June 23rd
  • 10-11:30am Improvising with Constraints (Kevin and Ruth)

  • 5-6pm Future Feet (Phoenicia Pettyjohn)
Wednesday June 24th
  • 10-11:30am Improvising with Constraints (Kevin and Ruth)

  • 5-6:30pm Anatomy Potluck (Nuria Bowart)
Thursday June 25th
  • 10-11:30am Improvising with Constraints (Kevin and Ruth)

  • 5-6pm Future Feet (Phoenicia Pettyjohn)
Friday June 26th
  • 10-11:30am Improvising with Constraints (Kevin and Ruth)

  • 5-7pm Performance Salon (all)
Saturday June 27th
  • 10-11:30 Learning Curves: AS and the Nervous System (Kristen and Daniel)

  • 4:30-6pm Learning Curves: AS and the Nervous System(Kristen and Daniel)
Sunday June 28th
  • 10-11:30 Learning Curves: AS and the Nervous System (Kristen and Daniel)

  • 4:30-5:30 Learning Curves: AS and the Nervous System (Kristen and Daniel)

  • 5:30-6:30 Closing circle (all)
Prices are set on a sliding scale for full and partial participation. $250-110.

More Information Here
To Register Here: go to classpass option to select class packages
for questions email axissyllabusca@gmail.com

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Video Axis Syllabus and Dance. May Series.
Posted by: Nbowart - 05-05-2020, 11:09 PM - Forum: AXIS SYLLABUS EVENTS - No Replies

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  • 4 Fridays in May: 8,15,22,29
  • 10-11:30am San Francisco, 1-2:30 NYC, 19-20:30 Berlin
The focus of this series is moving through our “shell". We will begin by looking at what serves as a “shell”. What are the biological shells, intellectual shells, and environmental shells we rely on? We have and create “shells” to differentiate ourselves: the within, from the without. Our dancing together will be focused on tending to our shells; inquiring, detailing, thickening through the fragility and lightening the load of resistance.

Class will include: study, games, writing, group warming up, improvisations and patterns of movements to play with.

Go here to sign up (deep discount available for those who need it)

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  Stability, flexibility
Posted by: Manuela Martella - 04-23-2020, 11:22 PM - Forum: Tone, Flexibility - No Replies

Strength and flexibility


Closed kinetic chain and resistance exercises for joint stabilization


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  Joint hypermobility
Posted by: Manuela Martella - 04-23-2020, 11:14 PM - Forum: Tone, Flexibility - No Replies

What is joint hypermobility 

Four factors may affect whether or not you have hypermobile joints:
Weak or stretched ligaments – Ligaments are made up of several types of protein fibre, including elastin (which gives stretchiness) and collagen (which gives strength). Small changes in the chemical processes in your body can result in weakened collagen fibres and more elasticity in the ligaments that help to hold the joints together. This is likely to cause hypermobility in many joints. There's fairly strong evidence that hypermobility caused by abnormal collagen can be inherited. If one parent has this type of hypermobility then half of their children are likely to inherit it, though members of the same family may be affected differently.
The shape of your bones – If the socket part of the hip or shoulder joint is particularly shallow, the range of movement in the joint will be greater than usual and there'll also be a greater chance of dislocation. This is likely to affect a single joint or a small number of joints. It isn't a common cause of hypermobility but is likely to be inherited.
Muscle tone – The tone (or stiffness) of your muscles is controlled by your nervous system. The more relaxed your muscles are, the more movement you’ll have in your joints.
Sense of joint movement (proprioception) – Some people find it difficult to sense the position of a joint without being able to see it.

When flexibility becomes a liability: The downside of being super bendy


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  Warm-up and flexibility
Posted by: Manuela Martella - 04-23-2020, 11:11 PM - Forum: Tone, Flexibility - No Replies

Warm-up and flexibility

Normal Static Flexibility
The wealth of research on static flexibility measurements provides a general picture of what is normal static flexibility for most joints and populations. Normal static flexibility is the typical joint movement allowed between two extremes (Fig. 9.4): ankylosis and hypermobility (85,93). Ankylosis is pathological loss of ROM, while hypermobility is excessive ROM. Static flexibility is not a wholebody characteristic but, like fitness, is specific to joints and directions of movement (33,39). People may tend to have low static flexibility in one part of the body and normal or high flexibility in another. It is also clear that females have greater static flexibility than males (33), and some of these differences are related to anthropometric differences (13). Fitness professionals can access data on normal ranges of static flexibility for most joints from several professional sources (4–6,27). Several recent reviews of flexibility have been published (1,23,42, 51,64,59) and provide more information on static flexibility. It is unclear however, whether an “optimal” level of static flexibility for muscle groups or areas of the body exists. If this is the case, it is likely that different sports would require different optimal levels of static flexibility. Future research studies should be designed to focus on determining “normative” static ranges of motion at joints in athletes participating in specific sports, as well as documenting anomalies in athletes and active people who are outside of this normative range. It is too early to make a definitive statement, but it is possible that an athlete or active person whose muscles are too tight is more prone to muscle injuries and that one whose muscles are too loose is more prone to joint injuries as well as decreased performance in strength and power activities. Common deviations from normal static flexibility are present in many joint(s). Some people lose ROM from physical inactivity. People may also lose static flexibility from workplace or sportspecific positions and/or repetitive movements. For example, the repetitive motion in several sports with overhead throwing patterns (baseball, tennis, etc.) without specific stretching intervention (47) can result in glenohumeral internal rotation deficit (GIRD). Persistent wearing of high heels can decrease ankle dorsiflexion ROM (Fig. 9.5).

Warming-up and stretching for improved physical performance and prevention of sports-related injuries.

Competitive and recreational athletes typically perform warm-up and stretching activities to prepare for more strenuous exercise. These preliminary activities are used to enhance physical performance and to prevent sports-related injuries. Warm-up techniques are primarily used to increase body temperature and are classified in 3 major categories: (a) passive warm-up - increases temperature by some external means; (b) general warm-up - increases temperature by nonspecific body movements; and © specific warm-up - increases temperature using similar body parts that will be used in the subsequent, more strenuous activity. The best of these appears to be specific warm-up because this method provides a rehearsal of the activity or event. The intensity and duration of warm-up must be individualised according to the athlete's physical capabilities and in consideration of environmental factors which may alter the temperature response. The majority of the benefits of warm-up are related to temperature-dependent physiological processes. An elevation in body temperature produces an increase in the dissociation of oxygen from haemoglobin and myoglobin, a lowering of the activation energy rates of metabolic chemical reactions, an increase in muscle blood flow, a reduction in muscle viscosity, an increase in the sensitivity of nerve receptors, and an increase in the speed of nervous impulses. Warm-up also appears to reduce the incidence and likelihood of sports-related musculoskeletal injuries. Improving flexibility through stretching is another important preparatory activity that has been advocated to improve physical performance. Maintaining good flexibility also aids in the prevention of injuries to the musculoskeletal system. Flexibility is defined as the range of motion possible around a specific joint or a series of articulations and is usually classified as either static or dynamic. Static flexibility refers to the degree to which a joint can be passively moved to the end-points in the range of motion. Dynamic flexibility refers to the degree which a joint can be moved as a result of a muscle contraction and may therefore not be a good indicator of stiffness or looseness of a joint. There are 3 basic categories of stretching techniques: (a) ballistic--which makes use of repetitive bouncing movements; (b) static--which stretches the muscle to the point of slight muscle discomfort and is held for an extended period; and © proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation - which uses alternating contractions and stretching of the muscles. Each of these stretching methods is based on the neurophysiological phenomenon involving the stretch reflex.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS).

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