Vanessa Grasse

Category: Artist

Vanessa Grasse is a dance and multidisciplinary artist from Sicily, based in Leeds, UK. She explores the crossover between choreography, walking-art and installation, as a vehicle for meaningful embodied engagement with public spaces. She specialises in site-responsive, ecological, improvisational, participatory and cross-disciplinary approaches. She is interested in how we inhabit places and coexist with others, acknowledging our relational and entangled nature with environments, and with human and non-human communities. Vanessa’s outdoor choreographic works have been commissioned by festivals and institutions including Yorkshire Dance, Dance4, The Great Exhibition of The North, Dance City & Badischer Kunstverein. Her work has toured across the UK, Europe and East Asia and been presented amongst others at Gwacheon Festival in South Korea, Freedom Festival Hull, Light Night Leeds. She has been an artist in residency in several visual art settings including Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Hepworth Wakefield and 4Bid gallery in Amsterdam. Vanessa is a Dance Partner Project artist at Yorkshire Dance with her current Arts Council England funded project The Land We Are. The Land We Are project series offers activities in green spaces, including choreographic works, movement workshops and interdisciplinary collaborations between artists and environmental experts. Offering embodied and accessible experiences of ecology and relationship with the more-than-human world. The Land We Are project series includes Vanessa’s new works Woven Land audio guided choreography, and Meanders a live site-responsive work for green spaces.

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