Movement Intersection Intensive
Surrounded by stunning nature, FILIPPO SERRA (Italy), MARIA MORA ALCOLEA (Spain) and musician ALEX ZAMPINI (Italy) will lead you every day in different movement practices.

We will dance, move, explore, focus; touching Martial Arts, Qi Gong, Static and Dynamic Meditation, Anatomy and Biomechanics Analysis (Axis Syllabus), Improvisation and Contact Improvisation with the support of a professional musician.

Where: Tuscany countryside, close to Anghiari town, Italy

When: 23 – 30 of June 2019

Deadline for applications: first week of June


Movement intersection Intensive

(Axis Syllabus, Martial Arts, Improvisation, Meditation, Contact Improvisation)

Very close to the ancient town of Anghiari (precise details after registrations)

Classes will happen in a big outdoor studio, we also have an indoor studio in case of rain


Filippo Serra, Maria Mora Alcolea, Alex Zampini (live Music)

(Classes will be thought in English/Italian, we also speak Spanish and French if needed!!)



We are glad to announce a week of deep movement investigation in the beautiful landscape of TUSCANY COUNTRYSIDE, fed by excellent ITALIAN LOCAL FOOD.

Surrounded by quiet nature, FILIPPO SERRA (Italy), MARIA MORA ALCOLEA (Spain) and musician ALEX ZAMPINI (Italy) will lead you every day in different movement practices.

We will dance, move, explore, focus; touching Martial Arts, Qi Gong, Static and Dynamic Meditation, Anatomy and Biomechanics Analysis (Axis Syllabus), Improvisation and Contact Improvisation with the support of a professional musician.

There is not one practice that is the best.

It is contextual depending on your needs and your goals within the training.

Once we know what we are doing and why we are doing it, we will be able to go deeper into our research depending on our personal taste, needs and current life situation.

Different practices imply different approaches, different pedagogical strategies and they have a different effect on the body-mind unity.

This will be the aim of our exploration.

▹ Why do we practice what we practice?

▹ What’s the difference of an analytic approach to biomechanic in dancing compared with the traditional way of learning in traditional martial arts?

▹ Are these approaches connected with the instantaneousness of the improvisation?

▹ Can we apply principles coming from Solo Work in a duet or trio of Contact Improvisation?

MOVEMENT INTERSECTION is a new open platform born in 2019 with the idea of allowing professional movement teachers from different disciplines to meet, share and exchange their perspective of work and pedagogy.

This is a great chance for movers, researchers, dancers, actors, circus people, body therapists, trainers and improvisers to meet and have a short/long term full immersion dedicated time of movement practice under the supervision of extremely competent and professional teachers.

We believe all the movement practices have for sure one main point of “intersection”: the human being. One of the instruments of the beautiful kinetic symphony of life.



MEDITATION / QI GONG (Early Morning/Evening practice)

Teacher: Filippo Serra

While putting the body in motion can be difficult, still the mind is even more complicated. Once the “crazy monkey”, as the Daoists call the agitated mind, is tamed and we are able to experience the “here and now”, the connection with the body will increase, allowing us to reach deeper states of mindful motion. Inspired by Taoist and Buddhist tradition we will learn the fundamentals of some standing and sitting meditation techniques, some static, and some dynamic.

Formal and informal structures will be used, using breath, body sensations, and movement to experience the “power of now” and the calmness of the mind. Some scientific perspective about meditation will be given too.

MARTIAL ART SOLO WORK (first-morning session)

Teacher: Filippo Serra

During my studies in Germany and China, I’ve learned some forms of Dynamic Qigong used as fundamentals in internal martial arts from Wudang.

The Five Animals Qi Gong represent brilliant wisdom of mechanics of the body on many different layers of understanding.

Every animal develops a specific quality of the body on a combative level (Self-Defense), physical level (Health), and mental level (Self-Development), this is the main aim of every martial Daoist practice.

We will explore the basics of every animal (Tortoise, Crane, Dragon, Snake & Tiger). This grouping of forms is a life long study and it’s derived from some of the most powerful & treasured creatures in traditional Chinese culture. The Five Animal work is connected with the theory of five elements/organs/emotions and traditional Chinese medicine too.

AXIS SYLLABUS (second-morning session)

Teachers: Filippo Serra and Maria Mora Alcolea

The Axis Syllabus is a constantly evolving reference system or lexicon for the organization and cross-correlation of empirical and scientific findings from the study of human movement. This includes anatomical details, physics, practical applications, research, analysis, and transmission.

Our aspiration is to provide the most relevant, up-to-date information in a neutral format, hopefully allowing the individual to apply this information to their own cultural or aesthetic context.

In an Axis Syllabus class or workshop, the information becomes meaningful through countless approaches to physical inquiry and integration. The intention is to understand and collaborate with the human structure inherited through thousands of years of evolution.

Understanding and deploying these resources while adapting to changing limitations, we can contextualize our activities and creativity in a responsible manner, by cross-checking our aesthetic choices with physiological realities to make sure they respect acceptable safety parameters.

A fundamental aspect to this approach is to encourage informed self-monitoring and individualized applications, in the full recognition that although we share a similar body-plan, each has different proportions and tone, and these values alter the equations we must formulate to solve the problems of moving. Understanding and respecting the properties of the body’s structure we can evaluate our choices for efficiency and functionality.


Teacher: Maria Mora Alcolea

Live Music: Alex Zampini

Improvisation is the ability to develop an instant composition that dialogues between the creative interest of the dancer and the current dance. In the process of improvisation, we develop the listening, the decision making, the opening and the acceptance of what happens. Improvising is surfing the creative process that is born and is developing instantly. It is the exercise of observing and nourish the dance while dancing.

In this workshop, we will work on tools to research our dancing material, tools for its development and for its composition. We will work to reach an available and perceptual body to go through our compositional process and be very participant of the dance that is creating at the moment. I propose a travel to discover the characteristics of our dance and to go deepen in looking for precision, engagement, silence, presence, maybe absence, gesture and content.

With these tools, we will work our solo and group dance, while the group itself will support the common work respecting the individual choices.

CONTACT IMPROVISATION (afternoon session)

Teacher: Maria Mora Alcolea

Live Music: Alex Zampini

Diving into the fascia

Contact Improvisation explores a wide spectrum of movement possibilities, for example; rolling, crawling, standing, lifting, leaning, and counterbalancing. A general principle in CI practice is the research for minimal or necessary effort. The mastery of CI implies the development of our ability to listen and respond to what happens in a specific moment.

Among the useful tools Axis Syllabus provides for improvised partner dancing, is the study of the different kinds and roles of the body’s connective tissue, the fascia: information transmitter, sensory instrument, structural suspensor, vehicle for elasticity, support and force distribution.

In this class, we will explore the relevance and utility of cohesion, separation, compression, and tension for healthy and economic movement choices as we dance individually and with a partner.

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After registering we will send you the payment details

Costs for participants:
380 euro. Camping, bring your own TENT.
450 euro. BED in the house in shared rooms (around 20 spots available) This price includes dinner of the 23rd, 3 vegetarian meals a day 24/29, breakfast and lunch of the 30th All the classes, 6/7 hours a day + evening activities.
There will be a day off on Thursday the 27th (Tevere river trip, open space for training, relax, exploring Anghiari town)

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