Photo: Stu allsop

Photo: Stu allsop

Vanessa Grasse

When? w/c 25 February, Monday - Thursday, 9.30am - 11am

Where? Monday: Phoenix Dance Theatre, Tuesday - Thursday: RJC Dance

These dynamic classes will begin with guided explorations and suggested movement pathways that will support us to explore: center to periphery and periphery to center; nurturing our capacity to guide our inner flows of energy; the under-curves and over-curves of our swinging and spiralling movement; multidirectionality; listening to our fluid weight. As we access our full multidirectional dancing body we'll be encouraged to remain curious and attentive to our individual discoveries. We will also nurture our playful and relational selves by relating and responding to others around us.

 Vanessa is a dance artist from Sicily based in Leeds. She explores the crossover between choreography, walking-art and installation through site-specific, improvisation, participatory and cross-disciplinary practice. She has been commissioned by The Great Exhibition of The North amongst others, and has been an artist in residency in visual arts settings such as Yorkshire Sculpture Park and 4Bid gallery (NL). Her practice is grounded in somatic, improvisation and Contact Improvisation movement research. Her recent touring work MESH is a participatory choreography for public spaces in response to a divisive global political climate. She holds an MA in Creative Practice from Trinity Laban and regularly teaches at Universities including Leeds Beckett, NSCD and Trinity Laban. She teaches Contact Improvisation across Europe and runs Leeds Contact Improvisation.