Vincent Cacialano, an interdisciplinary artist originally from the U.S., is now based in the U.K.. His work intersects movement, theatre, music and visual art. Vincent has been involved in interdisciplinary art for over 30 years; showing his work in various contexts, internationally. His work reflects an interest in space and design, collaboration and spontaneity, humour and social comment. He currently works with Jeffrey Gunshol on the performance-band, TENNILLE, (aka LEETOWAHKEY) recently shown at INFRINGE, New Orleans. He has currently been teaching as a regular visiting-artist at: Tulane University, Dancing Ground, New Orleans; Improvisation-Amsterdam, Amsterdam NL.; Movement Arts Gloucester Mass.; and at Fedledenkrais and Somatic Movement UK..
With a specialisation in Movement Research, having taught movement analysis in a variety of contexts, he publishes articles on Performance, and is on the editorial and advisory board of The Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices. He maintains research collaborations with teachers and practitioners of The Feldenkrais Method, Alexander Technique, Body-Mind Centering, Laban Bartinieff and IdeoKinesis. For more information about his work and research interests, and the articles he has had published in recognised somatic research journals - please see the writing and reviews page of this site. He has studied movement with artists like Erick Hawkins, Alwin Nikolais, Pat Catterson, Chris Burnside, Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen, Meg Harper, Sharon Kinney, Trude Cone, and danced in projects for Susan Rethorst, Thomas Lehman, Maida Withers, Charlotte Zerbey, Lesa McLaughlin, Sharon Wyrick, Tish Carter and Katie Duck.
In his youth Vincent was a competitive gymnast, studied Music, Visual Art, dance, Yoga and Shakespeare. Later he earned both Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degrees, and was a George Washington University fellow. Vincent's formal movement education focused on studying with teachers invested in Somatic Practices, specifically Ideo-Kinesis and Laban-Bartenieff. During Vincent's MFA he had the privilege of studying Body Movement and Alignment Theory with Professor Maida Withers. After MFA completion, Vincent moved to Amsterdam teaching at the Amsterdam University of Art's SNDO, MTD and JTSM (93-06). In Amsterdam, he started working with Katie Duck on her compositions, and eventually was invited to work as a collaboborator and founding member of Magpie- 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, Eileen Standley, 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.
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.
After living in Amsterdam, Vincent moved to U.K. and worked as a Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University U.K. (MMU) (06-16). Other notable appointments include working as a Programme Leader at MMU (09-12), and on the Artsitic Leadership Team of The SNDO (02-03). Other teaching appointments include, guest artist at Arizona State University, Dartington College of Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, George Washington University, Youth Dance England, New York University, amongst others.
His work and research 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.
“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.