photo: Adrien Michel

Francesca teaches : The Axis Syllabus

I am fascinated by human relationships. I am interested in successful dialogues and digging for the reasons and looking at the consequences of unsuccessful ones. I am curious about the role of the body in the negotiation with the enviroment - physical, cultural, social, political- and how it contributes in the construction, deconstruction, and realaboration of individual and collective identity. My ongoing research and application of the anatomically respectful, bio-mechanically functional principles provided by the Axis Syllabus has made me aware of the body's complex architecture; how dynamic and how sensitive it can be. How every  movement, from structurally supported action to expressive gesture, is the result of continuous adaptations to internal and external conditions. I believe that the recognition of the ancient wisdom and significance of movement as perpetuated by tradition, informed and updated through the contribution of new scientific discoveries, is an effective way to stimulate a critical appraisal of the circumstances in and around us, and can offer each individual a solid instrument for processing and communication. My objective as a teacher is to provide a structural basis and build a common store of technical references through the study of biomechanics, musicality and space relationships and through collective discussions. In my classes, time is always dedicated to guided improvisation, and creative games for channeling the expressive potential of the individual and collective body. I give strong focus to the utility of this process for the analysis of the self/other and the environment that surrounds us.


I love to meet, brainstorm, exchange with other artists and thinkers, to cross fields and methodologies, to teach in collaboration, sharing thoughts, finding agreement, learning, having new intuitions, making plans.......



Francesca & Lorenzo Gasperoni teach: The polyrhythmic body

Live Music and live electronic: Lorenzo Gasperoni


Francesca and Lorenzo have worked together for more than ten years. They share a curiosity for the cross-contamination of culture, art, style and perspective. Their research is inspired by the relationship between polyrhythms and the dancing body in the cultures of West Africa and the Diaspora. In these traditions, dance and music are inextricably linked, in continuous dialogue. Mirroring each other they come together in a single language that is in continuous metamorphosis.

The polyrhythmic body springs from the desire to merge the inherent wisdom of tradition and the latest studies in somatic practice and biomechanics with the modern techniques of electronic music, in the belief that ancient and current performative practices can communicate with and enrich each other.

In our workshops we aspire to facilitate a profound intimacy between live music and the moving body, and suggest ways in which both can assist in the gathering of skill and awareness, as well as engender and enhance creative expression.




Francesca & Christos Galanis teach: Peripatetic Praxis

Together, Francesca and Christos have developed Peripatetic Praxis; a body of knowledge and experience that uses the study of the basic gesture of walking as an entry point into an intersubjective study of biomechanics, migration, art, ritual, ancestry, and consciousness.Weaving together a variety of both intellectual and somatic explorations in the format of multiday workshops, Peripatetic Praxis offers a process for participants to deeply integrate both theoretical and embodied knowledge that recognizes the body as a site of dialogue between self and environment, time and space.