9.30 - 11.30
11.45 - 13.45 advanced practitioners
The Soma; a dynamic intersection, entangled in the turbulent Nexus of physical, emotional and mental forces. Choosing not to, or indeed choosing to engage, inhibit, release, resist, de and accelerate, we design time and space, draping gossamer lines of vectored energies along and around which we spin.
After receiving primary discipline and essential experience under the tutelage of his mother from ages 8 to 15, Frey Faust went on to accumulate an eclectic skill-set including contact improvisation, pantomime, capoiera, aikido, percussion, voice and several modalities of dancing. He traveled across the US, and then to Europe to augment his own artistic study and practice through collaborations with choreographers such as Gina Buntz, Donald Byrd, Merce Cunningham, Nita Little, Ohad Naharin, Meredith Monk, Janet Panetta, David Parsons, Randy Warshaw and Stephen Petronio, to name a few. A two-year stint as artist in residence at the Werkstaat e.V. Duesseldorf (now the TANZ HAUS NRW) allowed him to set the foundation for his pedagogical and artistic vision.
Since then he has traveled the world, teaching and collaborating with like-minded artists. He is the founder and spearhead of the AS International Research Community, the author of the book and the originator of the Axis Syllabus; a scholarly, comprehensive reference system for the use of the human body, through which he aspires to assist his students to deepen their understanding and responsible use of nature's ingenious gift.Besides ongoing research and re-writing his book in preparation for a fourth edition, he continues to find contexts for collaborative art-work, most recently in the science-art project "two among us", with Francesca Pedulla, Papis Ndoye and Davide Francesca, with Mirva Makinen in "The Balance Project", and in "No Compromise" and "Mission Possible" with Anna Claudio Pedone and William Fretas. "
Between 1985 and 2000, my teaching transformed from the ordinary attempt to transmit choreographic ideas to an interest in passing on safety parameters and biomechanical principles. Successes and failures inspired or goaded me to continue to study and try various transmission techniques. In the mid-nineties I decided on a title for this compendium of references, The Axis Syllabus. Syllabus means a kind of grammar or a list and Axis refers to the three dimensions, and also the points around which we turn. The axis implies direction while the planes imply mass and both indicate inertial and momentum mechanics and therefore physio-dynamics. We could call the AS a grammar or lexicon of human physio-dynamics. My aspiration with this work is to develop clear criteria for a rational approach to training the body... the muscles work like this, the joints are more supportive in this relationship, this is how you construct a logical ramp, this is how you get the force of momentum on your side, these are the appropriate moments to breathe in or out. That is the how, but not the what; what kind of jump, what kind of gesture, etc. We share a similar model but we have different shapes and tonicities and these values alter the way we move."