“Vertical Dance: perceiving and creating space” deﬁnes the substance and methods of vertical dance. Moretti and Lawrence reﬂect on the state of the art at the end of a pioneering experimental era and the dawn of a new period in which emerging artists are developing the form creatively and in which, concurrently, it is being regulated and institutionalized. The authors begin by clarifying what is meant by the term ‘vertical dance’, discussing the component parts and why these are fundamental to the classiﬁcation of this nascent form and go on to discuss the boundaries with its close relatives: aerial dance, site-speciﬁc artistic practices and climbing. They then chart the history of the form and examine its potential to challenge and enhance our experience of space.
A choreographer and researcher, her dance studies focus on systems of proportion and the harmony of space. She has pioneered vertical dance in Italy since the 1990s, developing and spreading this practice to create VST (Vertical and Suspension Training), a method now internationally recognized. Her research and artistic project concerns the relationship with architecture and landscape and how every movement performed in space derives from the relationship between the movement itself and the speciﬁc point on the wall to which the moving rope is attached. In 1994, in Venice, she founded Il Posto Company with the composer and musician Marco Castelli.
Kate is a choreographer and researcher specialising in vertical dance and site-speciﬁc performance practices. In the 1990s she ran feminist dance company Nomads, with whom she made 3 touring shows. Since then she has lectured in dance and performance at Bangor University and University of Surrey where she pioneered a vertical dance undergraduate module (2003 – 2010), fusing her dance background with her long-standing passion for rock climbing. Kate began making vertical dance work in 2002, and in 2014, after moving to North Wales, she founded the company Vertical Dance Kate Lawrence with her partner and rigger Simon Edwards. Her choreographic work is highly collaborative and explores the nexus of site, body and context. She completed the ﬁrst PhD examining vertical dance in 2017.