Vanessa is a dance and multidisciplinary artist from Sicily now based in Leeds, UK. Her work is grounded in somatic, improvisational, site-responsive and cross disciplinary research practice. Her work often takes different forms, including outdoor performance, installation, walks and video.
Walking and exploring rural and urban environments forms a base for her movement research and choreographic practice. She has been commissioned choreographic, led and audio walks and outdoor choreography by Dance4,The Great Exhibition of The North, Dance City and Yorkshire Dance, Still Walking Festival, The University of Leeds, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Ludus and Juncture festivals amongst 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 different channels of attention. Her creative practice is entwined with theoretical inquiry and exchanges with other disciplines including neuroscience, philosophy, anthropology, visual arts and music. She is interested in the expanded field of choreography and constantly re-questioning what choreography can be in her work .
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 practitioners 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 various dance and theatre productions and teaches release based contemporary dance, improvisation and contact improvisation for Universities and wider communities.