Vincent Cacialano is an interdisciplinary artist based in the U.K.. His work reflects an interest in collaboration and experimentation. He teaches and presents his live and digital work intersecting dance, performance and contemporary theatre, throughout Europe, Asia and North America. He writes and publishes reviews and essays on Performance, and is on the editorial and advisory board of The Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices. For more information on Vincent's research interests and the conceptual frameworks he explores, please see the writing and reviews page of this site.
“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”
Vincent's compositions have been presented by The Dance Place- DC, Movement Research- NY, The Green Street Theatre- Boston USA, The Melkweg- Amsterdam NL, Die Werkstaat- Dusseldorf DEU , Axis Art Centre, Curating Knowledge- Cheshire UK, Busan National University Art Centre- Busan S.Korea, ICCR Satyajit Ray Auditorium- Kolkata India. Commissioned by The National Theatre of Scotland, The School for New Dance Development, The European Dance Development Centre, Effecto Venezia,The George Washington University, Arizona State University and Cheshire Dance.
Major collaborative projects include: The Animation Project (2015-18) 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 improvisations focusing on live music and digital technology; The Blue Stocking Social Club (2006-10) with Dr. Sharon Smith (Gob Squad)- a performance that functions like a social club; Magpie Music Dance Company (1995-05) with Katie Duck (Groupo), Mary Oliver (ICP) and Michael Schumacher (Forsythe) amongst others- instant compositions involving dance and live music; 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 collaborative work and his own live and digital compositions have been shown internationally and have 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.
Through his affiliation with Magpie and the world of improvisation he has performed alongside artists such as Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith, Kirstie Simpson, David Zambrano, Pauline DeGroot, Benoit Lachambre, Julian Hamilton, Boris Charmatz, Miguel Gutierrez, Misha Mingleburg, Andy Moore, Han Benick and Michael Moore.
He has been teaching in Higher Education since 1993. From 1993-06 he was a tenured lecturer at The Amsterdam University of The Arts’ School for New Dance Development, Jazz Theatre, and Modern Dance Departments. He was a member of the artistic leadership team of The School for New Dance Development (02-03) and Youth Dance England (07). Vincent was a Senior Lecturer (06-17) and Program Leader (08-13) at The Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).
He has been a guest artist/teacher for Virginia Commonwealth University, The George Washington Universityy, NYU Experimental Theatre Wing, Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, Rotterdam Dance Academy, The George Washington University, Arizona State University, Tulane University, Hunter College, Nottingham Trent University, Dartington College of Arts and Youth Dance England.
He created, curated and managed the Process Product festival at MMU in 2012. A festival looking at the role of improvisation in the choreographic process.
His writing has been published in The Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, Currents: The Body Mind Centering Association, and Contact Quarterly.
He has worked as a performer in subsidized projects in The United States, The United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, France and The Netherlands for Susan Rethorst, Thomas Lehman, Ria Higler, Maida Withers, Allesandro Certini, Charlotte Zerbey, Katrina Brown, Lesa McLaughlin, Sharron Wyrrick and Max Factory.
His training was in Modern Dance, studying with Alwin Nikolais, Erick Hawkins, Debra Riley (Dunn), Martha Curtis (Koner) and Chris Burnside (Lewitsky) and dancing in works by Meg Harper (Cunningham) and Sharon Kinney (Taylor). He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance emphasizing Composition and Body-Movement and Alignment Theory. As an M.F.A. student he was a George Washington University Fellow. He also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University, including Acting and Voice for Stage. He graduated from both institutions with honors. Since 1993 he has studied somatic practice including: The Alexander Technique, The Feldenkrais Method, Ideokinesis, Pilates, Laban/Bartenieff and Body Mind Centering with practitioners such as Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Trude Cone, Giles Estran, Vivien Turner, Alan McDermott and Sophie Jones. Alongside the practice his research involves the theoretical study of the body including a plethora of books, articles and interviews, both new and old, that enrich somatic study.