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.. 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.




Francesca & Eric Acakpo teach : Ancient Kinetic Wisdom

Live music: Eric Acakpo and invited musicians

Francesca and Eric work together since 2015, teaching,  performing, creatingcontexts for cultural and artistic exchanges in Benin and abroad.Their artistic aand pedagogic collaboration focuses on the Vodoun philosophy and its expression in music and dance. Their attention is captured by the structure and phasing of ritual as a performative act, where the body, the rhythm, the voice, the gesture, and repetition become instrument of evocation, portal for  connection to collective memory.  How can we, as artists, look at ritual and re-elaborate the wisdom that passes through the body in such a vivid way?



Francesca & Sara Parisi teach : Surfing the Rhythm

A playfull practice to find strategies to negotiate between our own inner rhythm and shared collective rhythms. Code word: LET'S ENJOY the GROOVE


Francesca & Christos Galanis teach :  Peripatetic Praxis

A practice that uses the study of the basic gesture of walking as an entry point into an intersubjective study of biomechanics, migration, art, ritual, ancestory.