Vincent Cacialano, an interdisciplinary artist originally from the U.S., is now based in the U.K.. Vincent has been involved in movement research and interdisciplinary arts for over 30 years. His work reflects an interest in collaboration, experimentation and social comment. He teaches and presents his live and digital work intersecting movement and dance, theatre and performance, digital music and film, internationally. He publishes articles on Performance, and is on the editorial and advisory board of The Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices. For more information on his research interests, please see the writing and reviews page of this site. He collaborates with artists internationally on projects in New York, Amsterdam, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, various locations in New England, and The U.K..
In his youth Vincent was a competitive gymnast, studied music, visual art and Shakespeare. Later he earned both Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degrees, and was a George Washington University fellow. He has been studying somatic practices and movement science, with in-depth studies in Laban-Bartinieff, Ideo-Kinesis, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais method and Body Mind Centering, since 1986, applying that to his performance work. After MFA completion, Vincent moved to Amsterdam teaching at The School for New Dance Development. In Amsterdam he started working with Katie Duck and eventually with others Magpie Music Dance Company formed, a company that toured improvised performances internationally. Through his affiliation with Magpie, and the world of Improvisation, Vincent has performed alongside Katie Duck, 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). He has been a guest teacher at Arizona State, Dartington, Virginia Commonwealth University, George Washington University, Tulane, New York University, amongst others.
Other 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 interdisciplinary-improvisations focusing on movement, 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; 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. Further, the work has been presented in The U.S., The U.K., The Netherlands, Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Austria, Russia, Poland, Belgium, Hungary, India and South Korea by venues 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, Curating Knowledge- Cheshire UK, Busan National University Art Centre- Busan S.Korea, ICCR Satyajit Ray Auditorium-Kolkata India.
Vincent has also been commissioned to make work for 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 amongst others.
“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.