THE BALANCE PROJECT - REPERTORY CLASS
solo extract from: The Balance Project
Choreography and dance: Mirva Mäkinen and Frey Faust
Music (solo Cello): Barnaby O´Rorke Tree
Lighting Design: Mika Haaranen
I am reminded of moments of complete silence, of the breathing space between, where life and death are mixed. At these times, somehow nothing happens and there is a taste of perfection. Balance is a potential visitor to these places, departing and returning again, like a small light shining through a window. Initially there is only one action that opens the door. Should I breathe in or out now, or hold my breath? Is perfect balance a unity in which parts of the whole behave like the pieces? Unity offers no interference, and although my internal focus is fully conscious and smooth, I do not know if others are breathing in or out.
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 counselor. 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 Community. Founded in 2009, the ASIRC 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 into the construction of a symbol set with the potential to streamline movement documentation and analysis. He also makes shoes, speaks 4 languages, continues to create and perform dances.