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Damiano Fina’ s biography

Damiano Fina is a dancer, pedagogist and writer, founder of the FÜYA method. A pedagogical approach to dance, alchemy and their spiritual origin since the Pleistocene. Since 2004 its artistic research has been influenced by alchemy, the ancient rituals of Classical Greece, the teachings of the Zen master Dogen, butoh dance and radical queer theory. Its artistic research explores the illusory contradiction between balance and imbalance. It has performed in London, Paris, Berlin, Thessaloniki, Japan and various Italian festivals. Damiano holds a master's degree in Pedagogy of Expression. In 2017 it connected queer theory with butoh dance in its project for a queer pedagogy, publishing the book ``The dance of Eros and Thanatos: butoh and queer pedagogy``. In 2020 it published the book ``FÜYA Method. Dance and Alchemy``. FÜYA is a kinesthetic, theoretical and poetic method that aims to educate the human organism on the importance of transformation and spirituality for the well-being of oneself and others through the development of the alchemical body.


Damiano Fina

“The skin is a spread frame, all our organism is made for connection. Conflict is harmony at the same time in this relationship. Rhythm includes silence and sound, notes and noise, order and chaos, good and evil, masculine and feminine, life and death. This is my androgenic obsession. Performing this rhythm is presence writing”.

The presence of the body (with all the entangled presences around it) is the mutual core of Damiano Fina’s works constellation: “Art is worship to the universe. Our organs are always connected with the world, like tentacles. I want to light up the fact that we have to sense our nature. Stop this adolescent time that reveres dualism. Our heart is our brain, our hands are our stomach, our genitals are our posture and our medulla is a tree, a cloud, a street, a pixel or a cow too. There is no parthenogenesis without entirety”.

Damiano Fina is founder of FÜYA, a method based on the equilibrium of the organism and the theory of the four bodies (physical, emotional, spiritual, remote). He writes books about his philosophy and his method. He holds a Master Degree in Pedagogy of Expression and he guides regular workshops. He studied butoh dance with Atsushi Takenouchi and he met Yoshito Ohno, Kazuo Ohno’s son. He performed in London in the art exhibition I am NOT tino sehgal curated by Francesco Bonami, at the Hokkaido Butoh Festival in Sapporo, Japan and at the En Chair Et En Son Festival in Paris.

In 2017 he connected Queer Theory and Butoh Dance in Queer Pedagogy, publishing the book “The dance of Eros and Thanatos for a Queer Pedagogy”. In 2020 he published the book ``FÜYA Method: dance and alchemy``.

Damiano Fina Requiem butoh dance ritual

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Selected Exhibitions
FÜYA Requiem, Teatro San Marco, Vicenza.
The dance of Eros and Thanatos, Mantova and Milano.
Insilva Tour, Veneto.
Bythos/Aphros, with Thomas Bradley, Thessaloniki Queer Arts Festival, Greece.
November, with Marie Takahashi, Fabrik Potsdam and Berlin, Germany.
The Breath of The Trees, InSilva tour (Campogrosso, Selvart Roana, LessiniaFest)
Radiance, En Chair Et En Son Festival Acousmatic and Butoh Festival, Paris, France.
Poison Moon, Hokkaido Butoh Festival, Sapporo, Japan.
Poison Moon, La Voce Del Corpo Festival, Osnago.
The Presage of The Phoenix, performance, Teatro Civico, Schio
Wildflower Chant, performance, Villa Thiene, Vicenza.
The Chant, LaMama Open Programme, Spoleto Festival.
I am NOT tino sehgal, a concept by Francesco Bonami, Nahmad Projects Gallery, London.
The Presage, public performance, Loggia del Capitaniato, Vicenza.
Riserve Urbane, public art and site specific exhibition, Marostica (VI).
Damiano Fina Requiem butoh dance ritual


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