24-28 May 2017 Frey Faust, Francesca Pedullà, Elisa Ricci: Physical translation

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24-28 May 2017 Frey Faust, Francesca Pedullà, Elisa Ricci: Physical translation

The re-elaboration of signs, symbols, icons and archetypes has given rise to codes or languages that play fundamental roles in medicine, industry, commerce, culture, art and science. The gift of language is specific to humanity. Reading and writing are therefore unavoidable skills for modern humans, skills that are also proper to the to the evolution of thought, knowledge and logic, and therefore intrinsic to the evolution of all technology and methodology.
Many are competent movers, and many more know the body’s  structure. Others have studied its mechanics, or have acquired the knowledge of how to heal the body. But few know how to write out movement, or read what has been written. Verbal cyphers or metaphors are used to transmit movement ideas, but they are often vague or allusive.
This three-workshop series is oriented to professional or studying movement teachers, dancers, choreographers and choreologists. Humans and the Symbol is dedicated to refining and sharpening our use of language to describe and translate, in the interests of decrypting and decoding movement, with the intention of proving a superior, scientifically based framework for solving practicalities, respecting differences and enhancing empathy and competence.
Communication is an intrinsic aspect of every area of human interaction.
Workshop 1) Frey Faust
Pen In Hand / practical application of the
Human Movement Alphabet / Axis Syllabus Notation System
In this session we will learn to use the HMA to detail, invent and document movement
Workshop 2 ) Elisa Ricci and Francesca Pedulla
Point On Center – describing the body in motion with accuracy, precision and empathy
In this session we will discuss, compare and gather colloquial and scientific terms and descriptive language that can permit the unhampered transmission of movement ideas or observations for either the pedagogical or creative process.
Special attention will be paid to the translation of Axis Syllabus terminology into different languages.
Workshop 3) Elisa Ricci and Francesca Pedulla
Move, Translate: creative lab
This session will base itself on aspects acquired from the other workshops in this series. The participants will be invited to create personal motif or phrase material. This workshop intends to sponsor a clearer understanding of risk and safety, and assist in finding fluent description and transmission skills.

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.

Francesca Pedullà, dance-maker,  indipendent curator and Axis Syllabus teacher began studying West African dance and culture in 1990, and received her Masters degree in the History of Theatre and Performing Arts in 1996. Since 1998 she has spent several months out of the year living in Benin – West Africa, who’s rich culture has been a profound personal and artistic inspiration. In 1999 she graduated as a professor of African Dance Expression at the Centre Artistique 6-éme Parallel – FEIDA Bordeaux, directed by Koffi Koko. In 2001 she graduated with the degree in Theatrical Mime at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, where she studied with influential teachers such as Giovanni Di Cicco and Enrico Bonavera. In 2009 she received the certificate to teach the Axis Syllabus, an information resource system correlating bio-mechanical research with practice, which has become a fundamental aspect of her pedagogical method. After participating both as interpreter and co-creator in various creative projects led or organized by: Collettivo Cind, Paola Fatima e Stefania Casetta, Koffi Koko, Giovanni Di Cicco, Frey Faust, among others, her artistic pathway began to define itself around the perception and investigation of individual and collective identity dynamics resulting from cultural encounters. Her latest choreographies were presented at Institute Français de Cotonou, FITHEB (Benin), Teatro della Tosse (Genoa), Teatro dell’Archivolto (Genoa), Hangart Fest (Pesaro), TroisC L (Luxembourg), Centre Culturel Cité Culture (Brussels), Festival Biennale Passage 012 (Bielefeld), Tanzfabrik Berlin, Haus der Berliner Festspiele (Berlin) a.o.

From 2004 to 2010 she directed together with Elisa Ricci and Davide Francesca CinD, a cultural association based in Genova, initiating presentation format and workshops series strongly connected with the city and its most urgent social-political issues. In 2006 she founded the cultural association Sonagnon with Eric Acakpo (Ouidah / Benin), with the aim of enhancing the culture of Benin and creating opportunities for encounter and exchange between artists of different nationalities. The same year, she co-founded the italian-based association CQB, which is dedicated to providing creative platforms for exchange, experience and expression around intercultural and sociopolitical issues such as migration and global consumerism.

From 2008 to 2012 she directed, together with Eric Acakpo,  Dialogues Inévitables, an international project to promote the use of the arts as a means of building intercultural bridges. Since 2011 she is the artistic director of TRACES  a professional educational platform for dance and choreographic practice based in Cotonou, Benin,  with the logistical support of the Axis Syllabus Research Community in collaboration with the Choreographic Center Multicorps and Association Sonagnon. Since 2014  she curates in Berlin. together with Kira Kirsh, the dance festival Sensing in, in the same year she initiated together with Elisa Ricci the  modular project On how we see – Questioning the curatorial gaze.

Currently based in Berlin, she choreographs, performs and teaches throughout Europe, Israel, the USA, Canada, Brazil and Benin.

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