Francesca Frewer is a contemporary dance artist from Vancouver, Canada. At home she has worked with artists including Daina Ashbee, Company 605, Julianne Chapple/Future Leisure, Evann Siebens, Emmalena Fredriksson, and Daisy Thompson, and she has also performed internationally in works by Ryan Mitchell (Saint Genet), Anton Lachky, and Willi Dorner.
Devoting her creative efforts to choreography as well as performance, Francesca has had work presented by various venues and festivals including The Scotiabank Dance Centre, PushOFF, rEvolver theatre festival, New Works, PAUL Studios Berlin, Shooting Gallery Performance Series, the Festival of Recorded Movement, ArtSpring Salt Spring Island, and the Unit/Pitt Gallery. She works regularly with collaborator Erika Mitsuhashi, creates independently, and previously has collaborated with Natalie Tin Yin Gan and Hector Palacios.
Francesca’s artistic interests are influenced by literature, critical theory, exploration of the possibilities of the moving body, and undermining the dominant structures that shape our coexistence. Improvisation forms a crucial part of her practice as she seeks to develop strategies to support a maximum of freedom in the body; this also informs her teaching practice, and she has taught classes in technique and improvisation in Vancouver and Helsinki.
Francesca is a graduate of Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD). During her year of study at the school she had the privilege of working with Anton Lachky, Lisbeth Gruwez (Voetvolk), Milan Tomasik, and Zsuzsa Rosavolgyi, as well as collaborating with Hector Palacios on their first project together, Winterfeldplatz and elsewhere. Prior to studying at SEAD Francesca was a student at Modus Operandi in Vancouver, where she now teaches.