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ImPulsTanz Workshops 2017 © Emilia Milewska
ImPulsTanz Workshops 2017 © Emilia Milewska
ImPulsTanz Workshops 2017 © Emilia Milewska

Speechless – Axis Syllabus

Past-into-future slipstream, a near-silent journey

We string ideas and concepts along in a linear chain as we read or speak. This means that our understanding is shaped by an arbitrary hierarchy in the order of appearance, rather than what might be causal or pertinent to the quality or function of an action. This is true even when we describe events that are happening simultaneously. There are of course definite uses for this attribute, but it also imposes a fundamental, incontrovertible limit.
In this session I will introduce a basic working set from the symbolic language I have been developing over the past 20 years, the "Human Movement Alphabet (HMA)", which has evolved into an economical way to capture or express complex process or simultaneous events in a single character. The HMA character or symbol represents a nexus point that allows me to consider multiple departure points for arriving there, and multiple destinations or outcomes. I have found the HMA to be useful in dissolving the arbitrary value-attribution problem inherent in the verbal languages. In this session, I would like to avoid using the spoken language as much as possible, instead rely on sign, symbol and gesture to convey, outline, evaluate, practice and invent.
Come prepared to move more than to speak, armed with pen, paper or a tablet drawing app.


Teach Us to Fish – The Axis Syllabus

Empowerment and communal energising

Focus on principle rather than form. Embrace our common uniqueness.
Consider, adapt, revise, review, integrate, practice.
Rather than a dance method or training approach, The Axis Syllabus is a repository of useful information concerning the use, preparation, treatment, structure, function, limitation and potential of the human body in motion.
Besides proposing motif and material that serve as focal points for the dancer’s ritual of finding collective purpose while allowing for individual variation, in this session I will provide personal and group counsel for skill level enhancement, injury avoidance, rehabilitation and management.


Born in 1960, Frey Faust began performing at the age of 8 with his family as a traveling troubadour. He is a second-generation contact improviser and an alumnus of the 80´s New York dance scene. Some of his more important early influences came from: Shekhinah Mountainwater, Nita Little, Pavel Rouba, Rene Bazinet, and Janet Panetta. He has worked with and for a number of artists (order of appearance): Ohad Naharin, Donald Byrd, David Parsons, Gina Buntz, Howard Katz, Merce Cunningham, Meredith Monk, Randy Warshaw, Bob Een, Stephen Petronio, Danny Ezralow... to name a few. He founded or co-founded three dance companies, and has created or co-created over 40 choreographic solo and group works. Following an independent study of anatomy, biomechanics, and physics, he has been able to build a pedagogical approach that has made him a sought after teacher, personal coach and technical counsellor. After fifteen years of research, he consolidated his findings in a book, "The Axis Syllabus – human movement lexicon", which he continues to edit with the help of the Axis Syllabus International Research Network. Founded in 2009, the ASIRN is a rapidly expanding group of experts from many related fields in the human movement and education sciences. Recently, his work on the AS has been focused on the provision of an online university for the study of the human body: The ASIRN Forum, as well as the construction of a symbol set with the potential to streamline movement documentation, creation and analysis, The Human Movement Alphabet. He also makes shoes, speaks four languages, and continues to create and perform dances.


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