Francesca N. Penzani has studied at London Contemporary Dance School and at California Institute of the Arts. She worked indipendently 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. 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. 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 for "Women in Science" at Mills College. She is will be working with Scott in the next project "Transit" for the LAX International.
Her videos have been shown at International Dance for the Camera and Experimental Festivals in London, New York, Buenos Aires, Atlanta, American Dance Festival, Barcelona, Los Angeles, Napoli, New Delhi, Miami (Subtropic Art and Video Festival), Ohio, Oporto, Oslo, 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) as well as on Wigged.net. and at WEBT. Sepiensa.net. (Chile).
Her latest work "colours" was screened at MADRE museum in Naple last June'08, in the Special Mention's category for "il coreografo elettronico" (Dance Films Festival) http://www.napolidanza.com. "Colours" will also be part of Digital Art LA, August 14-16 2008.
She taught Dance Perceptions 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 NTUA Arts in Taipei (2003) and at the Academie der Bilden Kuenste in Munich(2005,2006). She teaches Video for Dance/ Production and Integrated Media at CalArts. She also teaches for CAP, CalArts Community Arts Partneship, “Modern Dance and Creativity” for children at Plaza de la Raza.