About

Vincent Cacialano, an interdisciplinary artist originally from the U.S., is now based in the U.K.. Vincent has been involved in interdisciplinary art for over 30 years; exhibiting his work in various contexts, internationally. His work reflects an interest in space and design, collaboration and spontaneity, humour and social comment. His work intersects movement, theatre, music and visual art.


In his youth Vincent was a competitive gymnast, studied music, visual art, dance and Shakespeare. Later he earned both Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degrees, and was a George Washington University fellow.  After MFA completion, Vincent moved to Amsterdam teaching at the Amsterdam University of Art (93-06). In Amsterdam he started working with Katie Duck, and, eventually, with others, the collaborative Magpie Company formed. A company that toured interdisciplinary improvised performances involving Theatre, Movement, Music and Visual Art, internationally (03-08). Through his affiliation with Magpie,  Vincent has worked on projects alongside Katie Duck, Mary Oliver, Isabelle Vigier, Han Bennick, Tristan Honsinger, Maida Withers, Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith, Kirstie Simpson, Boris Charmatz, David Zambrano, Benoit Lachambre, Miguel Gutierrez, Pauline DeGroot, Julian Hamilton, Michael Schumacher and others. After Magpie Vincent worked as a Senior Lecturer at The Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) (06-16). He has been a guest teacher at Arizona State University, Dartington College of Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, George Washington University, Tulane University and New York University, amongst others. 

 

Other collaborative projects  include: The Animation Project (2015-19) with Alan McDermott-  animated films involving movers from a range of approaches and abilities; T. Presents (2010-16) with Wendell Cooper (Mx. OOPS) and Gia T. - scored interdisciplinary-improvisations focusing on movement, live music and Digital Art;  The Blue Stocking Social Club (2006-10) with Dr. Sharon Smith (Gob Squad)- a live art work that functions like  a social club;

Party in a Box a.o. (2000-04) with sculptor Anno Dijkstra- live art presented in a visual art context; Activating ODS (1989- 2000) with Monstah  Black, Jeffrey Gunshol and Adrienne  Clancy a.o. - multi-media performance events in galleries, stages, parades, parties and festivals.

 

His work  has received support directly from  funding bodies or indirectly through specific venues, from funders such as The Heinz Endowment, The National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Council England, The Podium Kunst, Amsterdam Funds for the Arts, The Dutch Embassy and The Institute for Performance Research- MMU. Further, the work has been presented  in The U.S., The U.K., The Netherlands,  Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Austria, Russia, Poland, Belgium, Hungary, Brazil, India and South Korea by organisations such as The Dance Place Wash. D.C., Movement Research- NY, The Green Street Theatre- Boston USA, The Melkweg- Amsterdam NL, Die Werkstaat- Dusseldorf DEU , Axis Art Centre, The National Theatre of Scotland, Youth Dance England, Curating Knowledge UK, Busan National University Art Centre- Busan S.Korea, ICCR Satyajit Ray Auditorium-Kolkata India. 


With a specialisation in Movement Research he publishes articles on Performance, and is on the editorial and advisory board of The Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices.  He has studied movement and worked with artists like Erick Hawkins, Alwin Nikolais, Meg Harper, Sharon Kinney, Susan Rethorst, Charlotte Zerbey and Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen. He maintains research collaborations with teachers and practitioners of The Feldenkrais Method, Alexander Technique, Body-Mind Centering, Laban Bartinieff and IdeoKinesis. For more information on his research interests, please see the writing and reviews page of this site. 

 

Notable press:

“a combination of strong execution and off

beat humor, the works over all impression is that of freshness, vitality and

sure footed ability” The Washington Post

 

“a strong sense of pop culture savvy and

originality” Punch Line Theatre Review

 

“a choreo-scientist on the verge of a

revitalized intellectual aesthetic”  The Commonwealth Times

 

“a big talent”  IL Tireno.