Vanessa is a dance and multidisciplinary artist from Sicily now based in Leeds, UK. Her work embraces improvisation, cross art-form collaboration and site-specific performance. Her cross dischiplinary approach has let her work take different forms, including video and outdoor installation and walks.
In the recent years, walking and exploring urban and rural environments has formed a base for her movement research and choreographic practice. She has been commissioned choreographic, led and audio walks by Dance4, Still Walking Festival, The University of Leeds, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Ludus and Juncture festivals amongs others.
She is interested in how we experience and practice perception in our daily living with the environment and with others, and how we sense and inhabit a place. Ecology is an important aspect of her work, acknowledging the relational nature of self and environment and the resonance of movement, action and agency. Her work is underlined by a movement practice based on attentional and perceptual investigations. She is interested in offering settings to experience embodiment, composition as kinesthetic experience and stimulating differen channels of attention.
She graduated on the MA Creative Practice Dance Professional Pathway at Trinity Laban in London in 2014. Her work is influenced by studying improvisation and Contact Improvisation with practicioners like Lisa Nelson, Julyen Hamilton, Daniel Lepkoff, Kirstie Simson amongst many others. She continues her ongoing research in somatic movement studies, improvisation and Contact Improvisation practices throughout Europe.
She performs with dance and theatre productions and teaches release based contemporary dance, improvisation and contact improvisation for Universities and wider communities.