Sylvie Vitaglione

PhD Candidate

Sylvie Vitaglione


Title: On site: Location Shooting in Contemporary Screendance

Supervisor: Antonia Lant

Sylvie Vitaglione's dissertation investigates location shooting and site-specific choreographic practices in contemporary dance films. Her work is interested in the visual and physical impact landscapes, urban and industrial spaces have on the dancing body and in turn how the body's relocation outdoors can change the way we view space.


Sylvie Vitaglione is a PhD candidate in the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University. She received her BA from UC Berkeley in Dance/Performance Studies and Italian Studies in 2009, and an MA in Film Studies from University College London in 2010. Her recent publications include “Surface Tension: Experimental Dance Films And The Undoing Of Urban Space” in Imaging the City: Art, Creative Practices and Media Speculations (Intellect, 2016) and "New Materials: Natural Elements and the Body in Screendance" in The International Journal of Screendance (Vol. 6 2016).

Sylvie has been an adjunct instructor at New York University, The New School, Queens College, Brooklyn College and the College of Staten Island. She has taught core Film History, Theory, Style and Genre classes as well as seminars on Choreography and the Moving Image, Music Videos and Agnes Varda. She was a Global Research Fellow at NYU London in Fall 2014 and the recipient of a Tisch Dance and New Media grant in 2015.

She has programmed screenings, panel discussions and workshops on the Tiny House movement, definitions of experimental film, Chantal Akerman's film "One Day Pina Asked" and dance and documentary form for New York University, Gibney Dance Center and Dance Films Association. She trained in ballet and contemporary dance in Monaco, San Francisco, London and New York, and is a RYT 200h certified yoga instructor.