Frey Faust

Workshop description | Winlab Festival 2014 | Mon 1 - Fri 5 December | 11am - 5pm

The Axis Syllabus is a system for cross-correlating movement principles, bringing pertinent information about training the body and movement practice into an accessible format. The workshop will be structured around the encounter with the students, and involve the discussion and application of cutting edge and theoretical bio-mechanical understanding to movement practice. This will either be expressed in improvised research sessions, or take the form of repeating motifs, that represent illustrations of different falling studies.
We will start the week with floor work in order to develop reflexes that allow for the confidence to take risks when standing. Depending on what is needed by the group, we may gradually add movement ideas to each other culminating in longer sequences, or we might opt for awareness provoking micro-transition studies... or perhaps we will do both. We may work with or against or without music or rhythm. Theory sessions will include discussions of myofascia, nerve and joint function and physical laws. The methods can range from partnered experiential work, to structured improvisation, to theoretical discussion and examination of images and models. As the week develops, we will focus on alignment and the generation and management of kinetic energy.

Crossing Borders 2014 | 2 December | 7 - 8.30pm

A philosophical perspective on human movement
Frey Faust is the originator of the Axis Syllabus, which he describes as 'an open-source platform for the cross-correlation of stories and points of view concerning historical and current human movement habits and practices'. His talk sets out to present how his research process has led to some startling discoveries that challenge some commonly held beliefs and traditions, while affirming or reclaiming others. Notions of a constant centre of gravity and of ‘neutral’ positioning are amongst the beliefs he examines, as are the claims that imagination is better than science or that more mobility is necessarily healthier. Frey argues that his findings suggest a reconsideration of certain attitudes and procedural treatments, in relation to both our bodies and our environment.


Frey Faust was given direction, discipline and the chance to develop a passion for his chosen muse by his mother, Shekhinah Mountainwater, a known author and leading figure in the women’s spiritual movement of America. He worked under her direction from age 8 to age 15, performing as a pantomime-dancer-actor in all manner of circumstances, from the street to the theater.

Nita Little, a participant in the initiation of CI, initiated him to its liberating concepts at the age of 14. At Marcel Marceau’s invitation he then went to Paris to study intensively at the former’s Ecole de Mimodrame for one year. Afterwards, he returned to California to pursue his personal education through the practice of Afro-Haitian dance, Aikido, Capoiera and Percussion. In 1980, he decided to try his luck in New York.

Ten years later, having worked with some of the best of the NY movers and shakers such as David Parsons, Donald Byrd, Randy Warshaw, Gina Buntz,Ohad Naharin, Meredith Monk, Merce Cunningham and Stephen Petronio, he was granted the opportunity to be the artist in residence at the Werkstatt, Düsseldorf, Germany for two years (now the Tanzhaus NRW). There he was able, with the generous support of the German government, to create six solos and three evening-length works and to begin the consolidation of his pedagogical ideas. He is the author of the book and the originator of the Axis Syllabus-universal motor principles; a method for teaching movement through which he aspires to assist his students to deepen their understanding and use of nature's gift to us.

Frey Faust