- 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, 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 speak, armed with pen, paper or a tablet drawing app.


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. Frey's website

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