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, recently shown at INFRINGE, New Orleans. He currently teaches as a regular visiting-artist at: Tulane University, Dancing Ground, New Orleans; Improvisation-Amsterdam, Amsterdam NL.; Movement Arts Gloucester Mass.; and Long Melford Movement and Yoga, U.K.. He also works as a Development Co-ordinator for Movement Arts, Gloucester Mass.. 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 in various contexts with artists like Erick Hawkins, Maida Withers, Alwin Nikolais, Meg Harper, Sharon Kinney, Susan Rethorst, Trude Cone, Charlotte Zerbey, Pat Catterson, Chris Burnside and Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen a.o.. 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.
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 Dance Kinesioogy. During Vincent's MFA he had the privilige 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 (93-06). In Amsterdam, he started working with Katie Duck on one of her compositions, and eventually was invited to work as a collaboborator with 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, 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 worked as a Senior Lecturer at The Manchester Metropolitan University U.K. (MMU) (06-16). Other teaching appointments include, guest artist/teacher at Arizona State University, Dartington College of Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, George Washington University, Tulane University and 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 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.