Vanessa is a dance and multidisciplinary artist from Sicily, based in Leeds, UK. She explores the crossover between choreography, walking-art and installation, as a vehicle for somatic experiencing and transforming public spaces, through site-responsive, ecological, improvisational, participatory, and cross-disciplinary practices.
She is interested in how we experience and practice perception in our daily living, how we inhabit places and coexist with others. Ecology is an important aspect of her work, acknowledging our relational and entangled nature with environments, and with human and non-human communities.
Her work is underlined by a movement practice based on attentional and perceptual investigations. She focuses on 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 from the MA Creative Practice-Dance Professional Pathway, at Trinity Laban in London. She performs with various dance and theatre productions and teaches release based contemporary dance, improvisation and contact improvisation for Universities and wider communities. Her work has been commissioned by Dance4,The Great Exhibition of The North, Dance City, Yorkshire Dance, Still Walking Festival, The University of Leeds, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, amongst many others; and it has toured across the UK, Europe and East Asia.