Vanessa Grasse

Class Description | Monday Night Improvisation | 25 November 2019 | 10am - 12noon
The class will share some elements of Vanessa's current research Mesh. Moving between solo and group explorations, we will investigate how we can move with an awareness of a co-exiting self and a group practice and how these can feed one another. We'll begin with a focus on continuity of attention, touch and movement pathways, asking what continuity can offer to an exploration of our physical, spatial and group interconnectivity. We'll explore how far we can extend our sense of 'here' and how our moving can be generous and outward looking. We'll dynamically channel, current, weave and entangle our paths through space as we challenge ourselves to nurture and sustain simultaneous curiosity in self and group.


Vanessa is a choreographer, dancer and teacher. Her work explores the crossover between choreography, walking-art and installation through site-specific, improvisation, participatory and cross-disciplinary practice. She graduated on the MA in Creative Practice Dance from Laban and ID in London, with a focus on exploring urban improvisational walking practices.
She is currently one of the Dance Partner Projects artists at Yorkshire Dance to develop her project Mesh: A participatory dance work for public spaces which bridges her walking practice with her choreographic and contact improvisation practices to explore interdependence and interconnectivity of a large self-organising and collaborative open group. Working with professional dancers, communities and collaborating with scientist Philip Ball and anthropologist Tim Ingold.
Her practice is grounded in somatic movement studies, improvisation and Contact Improvisation. She teaches internationally and for wider communities and Universities in the UK, including Leeds Beckett University and NSCD. She teaches and organises regular CI classes and jams by running Leeds Contact Improvisation.