Vincent Cacialano (BFA, MFA, RYT, YYT) is a movement-theatre artist, based in the U.K.. His work reflects an interest in collaboration, spontaneity, and social comment. He is interested in the meta-realities of performance and the sociology of an event.. Thus, he is as invested in performance virtuosity as anti-performance. This interest has been a consistent curiousity throughout his professional life. His work intersects theatre/performance, dance/movement, sound/music and film/visual art. Currently he is working on the performance art band Leetowahkey.
With a specialisation in movement research; practical-action-research and formal- academic-studies, in somatic movement and movement science, form a comprehensive base. Integrating theory and practice, concepts are articulated through peer reviewed publications- see writing and reviews. Major aspects of his movement research have been understanding how individual body structure affects all movement, as well as, understanding the role of reflexes and developmental movement patterns. Recently he has been a visiting-artist at: Tulane University and Dancing Grounds in New Orleans, Arizona State University, Movement Arts Gloucester Mass, Improvisation-Amsterdam, Amsterdam NL., East of England Movement and Yoga and Dance East in Suffolk, UK. (17-21) He recently started MAP - Movement Awareness and Potential offering Yoga, Ideo-kinesis and Feldenkrais classes. He teaches and exhibits work internationally, publishes articles on performance, and is on the editorial and advisory board of The Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices.
He studied with renowned Dance artists Erick Hawkins, Alwin Nikolais, Pat Catterson, Chris Burnside, Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen, Meg Harper, Sharon Kinney and Trude Cone. He earned both Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degrees, and was a George Washington University Fellow (91-93). At University he completed a two year Stanislavski method acting training and focused on movement practices incorporating Ideo-Kinesis and Laban-Bartenieff, and during his MFA, he studied Body Movement and Alignment Theory. He has developed networks with artists ranging from Theatre, Music, Somatics, Contact Improvisation, Dance Theatre, Classical and Urban Movement practices. And, has previously performed in projects for Susan Rethorst, Thomas Lehman, Maida Withers, Charlotte Zerbey, Allesandro Certini, Lesa McLaughlin, Ria Higler, Sharon Wyrick, Katie Duck and Tish Carter.
After MFA completion, Vincent began teaching at the Amsterdam University of Arts’: School for New Dance Development (SNDO), Modern Theater Dance and Jazz Theatre and Show Musical Departments (93-06) and was a member of the Artistic Leadership Team of The SNDO (02-03). In 2006 he moved to the U.K. working as a Senior Lecturer (06-16), and Programme Leader (09-12) at The Department of Contemporary Arts (DCA), Manchester Metropolitan University U.K.. He taught for both the Choreography and Contemporary Theatre programs. At DCA he also managed and curated the Process-Product Festival (13-14), a medium scale international festival. Other teaching appointments include, guest artist at Dartington College of Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, George Washington University, Youth Dance England, New York University, a.o..
Vincent has worked in numerous collaborative projects. As a collaborator with Amsterdam based Magpie-Music-Dance NL., (95-05) (see writing and reviews) he was involved in extensive internationally touring of improvised performances. Through his affiliation with Magpie, Katie Duck, and the world of instant composition he has worked alongside renowned artists such as Michael Schumacher, Eileen Standley, Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith, Kirstie Simpson, Boris Charmatz, David Zambrano, Benoit Lachambre, Miguel Gutierrez, Pauline DeGroot, Julian Hamilton, Han Bennick, and Tristan Honsinger. Vincent has worked on other collaborative projects with artists Dr. Sharon Smith, Alan McDermott, MX OOPS, Anno Dijkstra, Monstah Black, Jeffrey Gunshol and Adrienne Clancy. The work ranges from animated films involving movers from a range of abilities, scored interdisciplinary performances focusing on movement with live music and digital art, live- art presented as a social club or as a visual art exhibition, to multi-media performance events in galleries, stages, parades, parties and festivals.
His work has received support from 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. 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., Judson Church, Movement Research- NY, The Green Street Theatre- Boston USA, Infringe Festival- N.O.La., 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, and ICCR Satyajit Ray Auditorium-Kolkata, India.
“a combination of strong execution and off
beat humour, 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.