professional program for dance and choreographic practice

Hosted by :  Centre Choréographique Multicorps (Benin)

Realized by : Axis Syllabus International Research Community

In collaboration with: Association Sonagnon (Benin)

Coordination and Artistic Direction: Francesca Pedullà and Eric Acakpo
Assistant to Coordination and Artistic Direction: Sara Parisi

Pedagogical team: Eric Acakpo, Frey Faust, Francesca Pedullà, Sara Parisi and experts invited


Started in 2012 TRACES  is a annual  professional educational platform for dance and choreographic practice based in Cotonou, Benin.

TRACES focuses on the study of the Axis Syllabus and complementary subjects (music for dancers, dance-video, dance history, professional ethic)

 The intention is to furnish knowledge, skills and experience, adapting our strategies to the social - political context of Benin and simultaneously create a context of exchange in which participants can find and structure a language from their own experience.  Our foundational focus are: to provide tools, to structure and stimulate individual creativity, to experiment with cross-disciplinary media and communication, probe the interaction and impact that different art-forms amd cultures can have on each other.

TRACES is open to dancers of all nationalities who have a background in any movement discipline but specifically targets dancers resident in Africa, particularly in Benin. Every year there are few places reserved for dancers from abroad, such as artists that have a strong interest in inter-cultural exchange and/or Axis Syllabus research. A selection will be made on the basis of a written curriculum vitae and a motivation letter.

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 ON HOW WE SEE - Questioning the curatorial gaze

a project by Francesca Pedullà and Elisa Ricci

Research- Talks - Workshops - Public Screenings and Performative Events


 “I do not want to exaggerate by saying that the ultimate objectives of the hegemonic circuits [of the art world] are completely extra artistic and extra-cultural. But I want to emphasize that they determine international circulation and evaluation based on their own artistic and cultural interests, which are, in turn, conditioned by other interests neither so artistic nor so cultural. Power has increasingly been interweaving closely with the processes of culture.”

Gerardo Mosquera


On How We See - Questioning the curatorial gaze is a long-term indipendent project that we are carrying out since 2014.  The research focuses on curatorial practices in the field of performative arts and their way of dealing with post-colonial discourses, neo-colonial power dynamics and policies of migration and accessability. In the present time, dichotomic thought seems to persist (north/south; black/white; east/west; male/female; local/global; human/animal; center/ periphery), altough it is no longer a valid way of looking at things. How do we deal with this contradiction in the context of "global curatorship"? How do we overcome oudated way of categorizing and reading the world and by consequence artistic works? The specific interest is to question how cultural filters and trends affect perception and influence curators ( both institutional and indipendent) in their way of look at, to select and to contextualize performances. Further related investigation is to examine how funding guidelines inform curatorial decision and strategies, which in turn influence artistic practices and audience taste.

The subjects at stake will be approached, specified and circumscribed from a transdisciplinary point of view, on the threshold between art and science, theory and practice. The project is been nourished through a continuous process of exchange with numerous international curators, artists, activists and their networks.

On How We See is a modular format, which can host a variety of events: in-depth research periods, meetings/exchanges, laboratories for professional experts on related themes, public encounters, performances, conferences, screenings, etc. The range of the format will adapt to the financial support that the project will receive: even with a minimum of financial support bits of the project will be realized to not waste the research and make the work sustainable. At the moment we are in dialogue with different institutions and funders.