The FUS-LAC Dance Project aims to bring awareness, appreciation, and the practice of dance to Lugano and further integrate the Franklin community into the city’s thriving art culture. This joint project between Franklin University Switzerland and the Lugano Arte e Cultura (LAC) cultural center allows students, professors, and dance artists to interact in a variety of ways so that they can experience together the wellness benefits, excitement of risk-taking, and conceptual creativity that the moving art form brings. Once an integral part of everyday life, dance has become a language foreign to most of us in the twenty-first century. But at Franklin, it has become a shared language that encourages adventurousness and challenges us to step outside our comfort zones to learn something new. Through interactive workshops, concert events, and choreography sessions, the Dance Project offers a fresh, dance-oriented perspective that allows us to reimagine our personal well-being practices, the momentousness of academic travel, and the connectedness of our human experience despite our individuality. 

Dance is the hidden language of the soul - Martha Graham

The purpose of art is higher than art. What we are really interested in are masterpieces of humanity - Alonzo King

Immerse Yourself in Lugano's Thriving Cultural Scene

Unlock unparalleled cultural experiences this Fall Semester of 2023 with Franklin University Switzerland and Lugano Arte e Cultura (LAC)'s ongoing Joint Program. The next exciting chapter, "Learning from the Best - FUS at the LAC," aims to deepen our students' engagement with the vibrant cultural fabric of Lugano.

Monthly Events

Thanks to the generous invitation from Michel Gagnon, General Director of LAC, and Isabella Lenzo, Director of LACedu, our students will have access to a curated series of monthly events. This exceptional lineup includes not just attendance but also intimate conversations and discussions with the featured choreographers and performers.

Thought-Leading Lecture at LAC

Further enhancing the experience, Michel Gagnon will offer a stimulating lecture on 'Cultural Strategies and Horizons.' This enlightening talk will be hosted at Lugano Arte e Cultura (LAC) itself.


September 15 | Luna Park - Come un giro di giostra by The Finzi Pasca Company

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Finzi Pasca Company with "Luna Park", an immersive theatrical journey. Experience theater like never before as you're guided through the heart of the show on a carousel-like ride. Dive into the world of theater actors, clowns, and stage machines, surrounded by lights, colors, music, and nostalgia.

October 4 | A Dance with Creation: Michel Gagnon & Rhodnie Désir

On Wednesday, October 4 at 14:00 in the Conference Room 1 of the Lugano Arte e Cultura, delve into the artistic minds of LAC's Director Michel Gagnon and Choreographer Rhodnie Désir. Part of the FUS-LAC Joint Program, this meeting is a unique chance to explore the intricate worlds of direction and dance. Joined by President Samuel Martìn-Barbero, the afternoon promises enriching dialogues and artistic revelations. Franklin students, professors, and staff are invited to this captivating rendezvous.

October 6-8 | Real Life - Dance reel with Cristina Kristal Rizzo

Join dance maker Cristina Kristal Rizzo in a workshop during the 32nd FIT International Festival. This event seeks to meld dance and identity, providing an in-depth exploration of somatic practices. It's a fusion of dance and theory, challenging attendees to explore dance as an autonomous medium while deconstructing aesthetic, political, and economic imaginations.

October 11 | The Fairy Queen by Henry Purcell

Experience a reinterpretation of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with Mourad Merzouki's choreography set to Purcell's "The Fairy Queen". William Christie leads Les Arts Florissants and Le Jardin des Voix, presenting a Baroque masterpiece. Discover the history of this musical work inspired by Shakespeare, from its inception in 1692 to its rediscovery in the 20th century.

November 21 | Romeo and Juliet - Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo

The renowned Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo returns with their interpretation of "Romeo and Juliet", choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot. Delve into a unique rendition of Shakespeare's tale, exploring the perspective of Friar Laurence. Maillot's choreography seamlessly blends classical dance with modern narratives, integrating cinematic techniques for a contemporary experience. The performance promises energy, elegance, and a fresh take on a classic story.

A project coordinated by

Professor Hrisanta Trebici Marin

Adjunct Professor, Music History

Professor Fabio Ferrari

Chair of the Academic Division of Arts and Cultures
Associate Professor, Italian and Comparative Literary & Cultural studies

In collaboration with

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