Francesca N. Penzani
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Francesca N.Penzani Biography

Francesca N. Penzani started her studies in theatre at Teatro Viaggio and Comuna Baires in Italy.
She moved to London where she studied mime with Ronald Wilson at City Lit.
She started her dance training at Pineapple Dance Studios and at The Place. She got a GLC grant to study at at London Contemporary Dance School graduating in 1991. She also holds a MFA in Dance, Choreography and Integrated Media from California Institute of the Arts.

Before moving to Los Angeles, Francesca worked independently as dancer, choreographer , video maker and teacher for a number of years in London and Europe.

Francesca started her video work at The Place Theater in London in 1990 as camera operator, editor and director for live performances and documentaries for British Choreographers (Shobana Jeyasingh, Matthew Hawkins, Mark Baldwin, Rosemary Butcher, Laurie Booth, Emilyn Claid, Peter Badajo, Royston Maldoon)

In 1991, the Arts Council of Scotland granted her a residency for Choreographers and Composers directed by Wim Vandekeybus and Thierry De Mey.

In 1992, the Arts Council of England and BBC2 awarded Penzani a training-ship in Dance for the Camera.
Producers: Bob Lockyer (BBC2), Rodney Wilson (Arts Council of England)
Film Projects:
"Should Accidentally Fall" Chor. Yolande Snaith, Dir.: Ross MacGibbon, Landseer Films;
"Duet with Automobiles" Chor. Shobana Jeyasingh, Dir. Terry Braun, Illuminations Television.

In 1995 she choreographed and performed the solo “Ma mi...” in collaboration with Marcello Magni of Theatre de Complicite’ (London). She performed at Lillian Bayles, The Place Theatre, Jackson Lane (London), Box Office Theatre (Italy), Birmingham Rep, Mercat De Les Flores for the Marato’ de L’Espectacles (Barcelona).

In 1996, she was assistant to director/choreographer Lloyd Newson of DV8 for the performance “Bound to Please”.

She worked in collaboration with Interactive Artist Scott Snibbe (Snibbe Interactive)
for the projects:
"Women in Science" at Mills College.

"Laugh Garden" and "Get in the Action" for The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.

"Transit" for the LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal.

Her videos have been shown at International Dance for the Camera, Experimental Video Art Festivals and Women Film Festivals:
Dance on Screen, London; DFA New York, VideoDansa Buenos Aires, Atlanta, American Dance Festival, VideoDansa Barcelona, Spain; Hollywood Shorts, Los Angeles; NapoliDanza (Il Coreografo Elettronico), Danz Lenz, New Delhi; Dance Camera West at EZTV, Los Angeles;Miami (Subtropic Art and Video Festival), Festival for Art on Film ,Ohio; FRAME, Oporto; Ultima Film Dans for Kamera Oslo; Mostra de Arte Bi-Nacional Paraguay, Taipei (Siggraph), USCIrivine; Amsterdam (Cinedans); Hong Kong (Jumping Frames); Brooklyn Access Cable; Danca em Foco (Rio de Janeiro), Cornerhouse (Manchester) , Video Art Festivals (Moscow, Bari);; WEBT. (Chile); Philadelphia Live Arts Festival (Philadelphia), Xontakt, Video Dance Festival, Split, Croatia; Los Angeles Digital Art Festival; Sguardi Altrove Film Festival, Milan, Italy; CineArte, Triennale Bovisa, Italy; ArtExpo; Quecpix Nuovi Linguaggi Rassegna Internazionale di Video Arte, Castello Svevo Bari,Italy, MidSummer Dance Festival, Los Angeles, CA.;The Last Bookstore, Downtown Art, Los Angeles, CA., Hollywood Short (Women in Film), Los Angeles, CA.; VideoDansa Habana, Cuba;Agite y Sirva (Mexico City), Mexico; Dans Kamera Istanbul, Turkey, FRAME 2012, Oporto, Portugal, ADF Screen Dance Anthology; Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, Bolder, CO.

Her video "colours" was screened at MADRE museum in Naples, June'08, in the Special Mention's category for "IL COREOGRAFO ELETTRONICO"
(NAPOLIDANZA International Dance Films Festival)

"colours" was also screened at:
*CalArts Feminist Art Exhibition "Exquisite Acts & Everyday Rebellions"(2007)
*Los Angeles Digital Art Festival as part of It's Liquid Project (2008)
*CinemArte at Triennale Bovisa Milano (2010)

Her video “Stories to Tell” was a winner at:

NAPOLIDANZA 18th Edition of the International Festival of Videodance 2011

“For how the dance can make a fiction, video-paginated by a poetic scanning of labels which frame the action, like synoptic tables that introduce micro- narrations expressed by dancing bodies”.

She taught Dance Perceptions and Creative Dance For Children at CSUDH 2000/2005.

As a guest artist she lectured at Wimbledon School of the Arts in England (1995) and taught video for dance workshops at National Taiwanese University of the Arts (NTUA) in Taipei (2003) and at the Academie der Bilden Kuenste in Munich(2005,2006).

She taught Creative Dance Workshop for The First Creative Dance and Music Residency in Rio de Janeiro. CAP RIO 2012 - Art and Social Transformation.

She teaches Dance for the Camera, Video Production and she is faculty of Integrated Media program at CalArts (California Institute of the Arts).
She also teaches for CAP, CalArts Community Arts Parternship, “Modern Dance and Creativity” for children at Plaza de la Raza, Los Angeles.


The River Run / Laurie Booth, Amish Kapoor (Documentary 1992)

Ballroom Blitz / Emilyn Claid (Documentary 1993)

Youth Dance Performance Group for London /Royston Maldoon (Documentary 1993)

Ballroom Blitz / Matthew Hawkins (Documentary1994)

Ballroom Blitz / Mark Baldwin (Documentary 1995)

BamiJo (Documentary 1995)

Unbroken View / Rosemary Butcher (Documentary 1995)

Landing / Rosemary Butcher Residency
(Documentary and Documentation Live Perf 1997)

Icy Hot Tango (1998)

Monte Cavlera (1999)

So, Tanz (2001)

Donne, Citta’ ed un Vestito Nero (2002)

Colours (2005)

Colours/After Death(2005)

Stories to Tell (2010)
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Occupation ( maximum of three):
Movement artist (dancer/interdisciplinary performer), Stage director (choreographer/ theater director), Video and film (screen-dance), Academic Educators (formally teaching and researching in a university)
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