Vanessa Grasse

Vanessa is a dance and multidisciplinary artist from Sicily, based in Leeds, UK. She is a choreographer, performer, teacher, mentor, coach and curator. Her choreographic work explores the intersection between choreography, walking-art and land art, as a vehicle for creating collective rituals that connect us to our landscapes, public spaces, and our communities. She is interested in how we inhabit places and coexist with others, and how we might invite more relational and ecological connections within the human and non-human communities. Her work is grounded in ecological and social questions, which she explores through somatic and improvisational movement approaches, site-responsiveness, social-engagement, ecology, and cross-disciplinarity. The creative processes are often collaborative, entwined with theoretical inquiry and exchanges with other disciplines including neuroscience, philosophy, anthropology, visual arts and music. Vanessa’s work has been supported and commissioned by Arts Council England, Dance4, The Great Exhibition of The North, Leeds Dance Partnership, Dance City, Yorkshire Dance, Still Walking Festival, The University of Leeds, The Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, among many others; and it has toured across the UK, Europe and East Asia. Vanessa graduated from the MA Creative Practice-Dance Professional Pathway, at Trinity Laban in London. She regularly teaches release based contemporary dance, experiential anatomy, improvisation, Contact Improvisation, outdoors and site-based creative practices across Europe, for wider communities, professional dancers and universities including: Leeds Beckett University, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Trinity Laban. Her teaching is grounded in inclusive practice and a curiosity about how the body transforms as a result of imagination, shifts of perception, attentional dynamics and relational engagement with others and the environment. She is a certified Life Coach and Somatic Stress Release™ practitioner, focusing on holistic well-being, body-mind integration, authenticity and creativity, to support people to develop greater self-awareness, emotional resilience, body-mid ease, confidence and creative thinking that aligns with their inner values and needs. She embeds these practices into her creative work as well as offering them as one to one sessions in addition to her teaching and mentoring work.