Art and social


Sector: Art and social Ongoing Country: Switzerland Project status: Ongoing Partner: MOPS_DanceSyndrome
  • MOPS_DanceSyndrome Choreus Numinis Foto: Mario Curti
  • MOPS_DanceSyndrome Choreus Numinis Foto: Mario Curti
  • MOPS_DanceSyndrome Choreus Numinis Foto: Mario Curti
  • MOPS_DanceSyndrome Choreus Numinis Foto: Mario Curti
  • MOPS_DanceSyndrome, Sublime SporciX. Foto: Paolo Battaglia
  • MOPS_DanceSyndrome, Sparkling Silence. Foto: Vince Cammarata
  • MOPS_DanceSyndrome, Formazione Porte Aperte. Foto: MOPS_DanceSyndrome
  • MOPS_DanceSyndrome, Formazione. Foto: MOPS_DanceSyndrome
  • MOPS_DanceSyndrome, The Call. Foto: Paolo Vandoni


MOPS_DanceSyndrome courses offer young adults with Down syndrome the opportunity to enroll the contemporary dance professional training as well as to join the MOPS_DanceSyndrome Company or other dance companies. These training sessions help them integrating the labor market and eventually starting a career as artists.


  • 10 dancers with Down syndrome, ages 15-35.


Between January and December 2018, MOPS_DanceSyndrome has continued to develop its training activities for the benefit of 10 dancers with Down syndrome, ages 15-35. The training sessions, held at the Teatro dei Fauni in Locarno, take place two full days per week, from September to June, and are free of charge. The courses follow a precise methodology, designed by Ela Franscella, based on the acquisition of a better understanding of one’s own body, listening to oneself and the group, the study of anatomy and human physiology. During the same period, the Company participated in several artistic, social and cultural sensitization events including, amongst others, the International Conference #WhatIBringtoMyCommunity organized by the Human Rights Office of the United Nations in Geneva, on the occasion of the World Day of Down Syndrome (March, 21st, 2018). At the same time, they featured 3 of their shows (CCC_Collective Culture Conscientia, Sublime SporciX and Choreus Numinis), in Switzerland and abroad, inspired by the concept MuseOm, with the aim of transposing art outside the official theatre circuits, as for instance in museums, libraries, clinics, nursing homes, and jails. Finally, in August 2018, MOPS_DanceSyndrome was awarded with the Premio Pro Ticino Award 2018, for its unique engagement, protection and valorization of individuals in all their diversity.


MOPS_DanceSyndrome Association

MOPS_DanceSyndrome is a Contemporary Dance School and Company for young adults with Down syndrome, created in 2008 in Locarno by the choreographer and multidisciplinary artist Ela Franscella. Unique in Switzerland and in Europe, the project is in full expansion and is based on a precise choreographic methodology that highlights the talents, sensitivity, expressiveness and creativity of the dancers.


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