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Fri, July 05, 2024

10:00 – 20:00

Villa La Pietra
Via Bolognese, 120
50139 Florence, Italy

WADE – Wandering Avian Dance Experience, will be inspired by the beautiful setting of the Italian Renaissance Revival Garden of Villa La Pietra and perform a site specific dance performance.

An Evening of dance with the artists of WADE directed by Giada Matteini, NYU Assistant Arts Professor and Vangeline, Butoh Master teacher.

WADE in collaboration with Vangeline presents a Butoh work responding to the architecture and beauty of the Villa la Pietra Gardens. International dance artists will create evocative vignettes of longing, belonging, and growth immersing the audience in a dreamscape environment, inviting to deepen one’s connection with nature and each other.


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Vangeline draws on 20 years of experience as a Butoh teacher and dancer, and has 35 years of expertise in the field of dance. She is the author of the critically acclaimed book of non-fiction Butoh: Cradling Empty Space. With her all-female dance company, Vangeline’s socially conscious performances tie together butoh and activism. Vangeline is the founder of the New York Butoh Institute Festival, which elevates the visibility of women in butoh, and the festival Queer Butoh. She pioneered the award-winning, 15-year running program The Dream a Dream Project, which brings butoh dance to incarcerated men and women at correctional facilities across New York State. Her choreographed work has been performed in Chile, Hong Kong, Germany, Denmark, France, the UK, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
Vangeline is a 2022/2023 Gibney Dance Dance in Process residency and the winner of a 2022 National Endowment for the Arts Dance Award. She is also a 2018 NYFA/NYSCA Artist Fellow in Choreography for Elsewhere (a work that began as an artistic commission from Surface Area Dance Theatre with support from the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and the Heritage Lottery Fund UK); the winner of the 2015 Gibney Dance Social Action Award as well as the 2019 Janet Arnold Award from the Society of Antiquaries of London. Her work as an educator, choreographer, and curator has been supported by The National Endowment for the Arts, Japan Foundation, New
York Department of Cultural Affairs, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York Council on the Arts, Robert Friedman Foundation, and Asian American Arts Alliance.
She is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine. She teaches trauma-informed Butoh classes. All workshops are open level, and beginners are welcome. Vangeline Theater/ New York Butoh Institute, presents Vangeline in The Slowest Wave, a pioneering project combining butoh and neuroscience.

Giada Matteini


Giada Matteini (she/her) is an Italian performer, educator, choreographer, and cultural producer based in New York City. She is the Founder and Director of WADE(Wandering Avian Dance Experience), a women-led multifaceted performing arts’ company working at the intersection with social justice and focused on supporting the voices and artistic expressions of women and historically underrepresented artists. WADE offers numerous points of entry into art and activism through educational programs and curated festivals in the US and Europe. Her WADEintoACTIVISM Festival began during the Covid-19 Pandemic lockdown as a response to the global increase of violence against women and continues its efforts today. The Festival joins the Global 16 Days Campaign, launched by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) and feminists from around the world and has forged collaborations with artists across the globe and with organizations fighting allforms of violence in schools, college campuses, dance studios and work places such as Speak About It: Consent Education, Project Callisto, Dance Data Project, DanceEducation Equity Association, and White Ribbon.
Giada is an Assistant Arts Professor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she teaches somatics, embodied ballet and serves as Director of the Summer Residency Festival, Director of Dance Accompanists and as an academic and artistic mentor. She has traveled as a guest artist to Germany, Sweden, Finland, Austria, China, The Philippines, Mexico and across the U.S. and Italy.
As a company director, Giada has produced and/or facilitated over 60 residencies with international artists including Roy Assaf (Roy Assaf Dance), Davide Di Pretoro (Sasha Waltz), Janet Wong (Bill T Jones), Diane Madden (Trisha Brown Dance Company), Kirsten Foote (Limón Dance Company), Cindy Salgado (Crystal Pite), Rashaun Mitchell (Merce Cunningham Dance Company), Shamel Pitts, Rena Butler, Netta Yerushalmy, Stefanie Batten Bland, Bobbi Jene Smith, Loni Landon, GregoryDolbashian (Dash Ensemble), Shannon Gillen (Vim Vigor), Nathan Trice, Vita Osojnik,Charlotte Boye-Christenson, Cora Bos-Kroese (NDT), Richard Chen See (Paul Taylor Dance Company), Arcell Carbuag (Ronald K. Brown Evidence), Madboots, Sonya Tayeh, Studio Wayne McGregor, Ori Flomin, Sadé and Kristina Alleyne, Molissa Fenleyand Company, Sarah Cernaux, and many more.
Giada holds a BA in Dance and Education from Empire State College, an EmbodiedSocial Justice Certificate from the Embody Lab, a Parent Leadership Certificate from Rise Magazine, and she is working on her Moving For Life Certification with Martha Eddy.