Vicci Riley

Associate Dance Artist

Vicci is a performer, dance maker and creative facilitator. She trained at Trinity Laban and her MA enquired into the body of knowledge practiced for performance improvisation. Her performance and facilitation work spans 20 years and encompasses diverse settings and people.

Community work in diverse settings has always been part of Vicci’s practice and this ranges from working with visually impaired, deaf and disabled people, young and older people. She led two sessions a week for mental health service users (one young person’s and one older person’s) for over three years funded by Mersey Care. She has ran classes and made work with community groups at Merseyside Dance Initiative (MDI) including the youth dance company, the over 50’s and have volunteered there in the weekly Dance for Parkinsons. Vicci has an OCN in Leading Dance with Older People and has worked in hospitals, nursing homes and with dementia groups for over 15 years.

Vicci’s work draws from improvisation, contact improvisation and somatic movement practices. She has an on-going interest in cross art form practice. Vicci makes performance work that aims to open the process and perception of experience through embodied movement, text, and visual elements.

Currently Vicci is working with artists at One September in the development of new performance projects, delivering sessions for mixed ability groups, people with dementia and creating activity boxes with Age Exchange to reach isolated people at home. She is also engaged in a Screendance programme mentored by Katrina McPherson, and leading a weekly movement session with secondary school children on the autistic spectrum (Movema).

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