Francesca N. Penzani was born and raised in Bergamo, Italy where she started her theatre studies at Teatro Viaggio and Comuna Baires (Milano).
In England she studied at London Contemporary Dance School and worked Independently as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, video maker.
Francesca continued her studies at California Institute of the Arts (MFA ’97) where since 1999 she is teaching Dance for the Camera, Integrated Media and Creative Dance for Children for CAP, CAPSA.
In 2012, Francesca was Guest Artist/Teacher for CAP Rio 2012 – Art & Social Transformation. First Creative Dance and Music Residency with young artists from Slum areas in Rio. A collaboration with Grupo Mosaico www.projectbrazil.com, The British School in Rio de Janeiro, Group Innova and Calarts Community Arts Partnership.
She also taught at CSU Dominguez Hills (2000-2005) and as a guest artist at Wimbledon School of the Arts; NTUA, Taipei, Taiwan; Academie der Bilden Kuenste, Munich, Germany.
Her video works have been screen at 64 International Dance on Camera, Experimental, Women Film Festivals and Art Galleries.
She worked in collaboration with Interactive Arstist Scott Snibbe for the projects: “Women in Science” (Mills College); “Laugh Garden” and “Get in Action” for the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry; and the permanent installation “Transit” at the LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal.
Her dance video “Colours” was screened at MADRE Museum in Naples in the Festival Special Mention Category (2008).
“Stories to Tell” was a Prize Winner for Independent Production at
IL COREOGRAFO ELETTRONICO, Napoli Danza 2011.