BIO: FRANCESCA SARAULLO (BE-IT, based in Brussels, 1984)
Choreographic and visual artist, dancer-performer, teacher-researcher living in Brussels since 2012. Her background is pluridisciplinary, including a Master’s of Fine Arts from the ISAC and Art in Public Space sections of the Royal Academy of Fine Art of Brussels, and degrees in multimedia and performing arts, and film engineering and media from the Polytechnic University of Turin. Francesca trained in dance, theater and singing throughout Europe; in France, Belgium and Italy, and honed her skills in centers such as Fondation Royaumont, College-Dance Venice, and ImPulsTanz Vienna.
Since 2013, she has presented her own choreographic works (ANAMNESIS, LUX, Et toi…, La Sospesa) and videos (W., RACCOLTO, Moulbaix Dr., Ballerina, MiNunn) in various international festivals and venues.
Pluridisciplinary in her career, therefore, she has nourished her practice and her curiosity with various languages and approaches until embracing that field of investigation — broad and infinite — that remains the body.
Body as matter to be sculpted to bring out what is already, there, present, rooted in a time, perhaps, more distant than the one in which we live. Body as ‘place’ from which a gesture, an action, an intention, a dance arise.
Hence her interest in a conscious awareness of movement, the motor of which starts from ‘within’. In response to this, she dives in somatic practices. Firstly, she trains in Sensitive Dance® with Claude Coldy (pathway for artists at L’arboreto — Teatro Dimora, Mondaino, 2016 – 2019); then, she begins the relationship between the fascial connective system and the dancing gesture with the imaginative and specific approach of dancer and researcher Florence Augendre (2020−2022); from 2023, she has been training in “fascial therapy for dance” with the dancer Anja Röttgerkamp and the two osteopaths Nadine Quéré and Paul Sercu.
Since 2020 she develops, articulates and shares her work around the body as an archive of personal and archaic memories, shaped by sensations, images, landscapes, sounds and emotions. She has received research funding from the French Community of Belgium (Charleroi Danse 2021, FWB 2022) as a participant in the residency programs “The ever practicing landscape 2021” by Workspace Ricerca X, “Around a process of making 2022” by Marosi Festival and “AiR2022” by ŻfinMalta Company, amongst others.
In Belgium, she is currently active in two collective projects: EMBRACE (a network of professionals working with the soma, the body that experiences.) and AccompanyClass (a group of freelance dance artists who come together to offer a shared training program).