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, she began to define her artistic pathway . Her latest choreographies were presented at Institute Français de Cotonou, FITHEB (Benin), Teatro della Tosse (Genoa), Teatro dell'Archivolto (Genoa), Teatro Akropolis (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.
Since 2004 she teaches “ The Axis Syllabus”, “The Polyrhythmic Body” – collaborative pedagogical research with musician Lorenzo Gasperoni, “Analysis and re-elaboration of Beninese traditional dances” with musician Eric Acakpo, “Waves&Groove” with musician Janos Crecelius, “Peripatetic Praxis” with scholar Christos Galanis, “Migration Dynamics” with actor/director Davide Francesca at: The Nomadic College Festival (Europe, U.S.A, Brazil), Axis Syllabus circuit (Berlin, Bruxelles, Wien, Moscow,Tel Aviv, S. Francisco, Porto Alegre; as well as independent workshop venues and festivals: Antagon Theater, TanzFabrik Berlin (Germany), Internationale Bühnenwerkstatt und Tanztheaterfestival (Austria), DancArte, Kinoume Studio (Greece),Teatro della'Archivolto, Teatro della Tosse, Centro Culturale Mojud, Scuola di Teatro Paolo Grassi, Movimento Totale, HangartFestival (Italy), North Karelia College Outokumpu (Finland), Institute Français de Cotonou, Centre Choreographique Multicorps (Benin) LoveIn Festival (Canada).
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.
she choreographs, performs and teaches throughout Europe, Israel, the USA, Canada, Brazil and Benin.