Corinne Cappelletti is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist, educator, and healer working with re-patterning, yoga, guided imagery/ meditation, place, and the environment in studios, homes, workplaces, and alternative residences such as, homeless shelters and domestic abuse shelters. Her interests lie at the intersection of somatic research, improvisational movement scores, eco-feminism, map-making, trauma healing, and environmental psychology. She builds community and environmental change through public body-based arts projects supported by Culture Push, More Art, DE-CONSTRUKT [projekt], and the Artist Volunteer Center, among other organizations. As a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist she sees clients privately and teaches group classes aimed to tap people into their creativity, cope with stress, navigate chronic pain, understand others and operate with greater efficiency in everything we do.
Corinne began her place-based research with Terry Tempest Williams during a 10-day Ecology of Residence program during her thesis research at the University of Utah. She earned her MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah (2009), for which she devised a performance-based community development model. This durational, social experiment: The New Pedestrian (SLC, Utah, Aix-en-Provence, France) was further developed for Carry your Burdens (Art in Odd Places: Ritual, NYC 2011). In 2009, Corinne co-facilitated a stress-management program through portraiture and somatic awareness to enhance cultural tolerance and positive self-image with fourteen teenagers as a Community-based Research/ Arts and Social Justice ArtsBridge Scholar.
Upon moving to Brooklyn in 2009, Corinne became Co-Artistic Director of GogoVertigoat Dance (2009-10) and launched a meals-as-performance initiative engaging diners and dancers in the act of eating as a way to understand our relationship to food and how it impacts culture and the environment. Corinne’s stage performances have been presented in New York City at St. Mark’s Church/Danspace (Food for Thought), Dance New Amsterdam (Raw Material), 3rd Ward (Art in Bushwick festival), National Arts Club (Les Salonneirs), Governor’s Island (FIGMENT festival), and Dixon Place (Crossing Boundaries). She performed with Jill Sigman/ thinkdance in a movement planting ritual, last days/first field, in 2013.
Corinne’s professional dance career ran parallel with a to somatic practices: Body-Mind Centering®, Restorative Yoga & Yoga Therapeutics, Contact Improvisation, Qi-Gong & Meditation. Her somatic studies began in Bali & Java in 2000 with Naropa University Cultural Exchange, studying traditional dance and martial art forms in residence with Parmin Ras Teater during the Awakening Art Festival and with Ni Wayan Sekariani. She continued Indonesian studies in 2001 as a Post-graduate USIndonesian Society Fellow and began yoga with a daily Mysore practice in the Ashtanga Yoga in 2002. Cross-cultural dance and movement studies are at the root of Corinne’s body-based practices and dance-making.
In 2010 Corinne developed a somatic practice called IMPRINT in collaboration with Eva Perrotta, exploring the physiology of touch. They now co-facilitate a social platform, roodərəl (of a plant) growing on waste ground or among refuse, bringing audiences to the streets reconnect, play, and experiment with weeds growing in places where the earth and the people receive their gifts. Corinne continues to study with body-based therapists: Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen (BMC), Jillian Pranksy (Restorative/Therapeutic Yoga), Cate Stillman (Ayurvedic Wellness), and Nita Michaan (Katonah Yoga, Hatha-based yoga infused with the Taoist system of natural laws) as much as she can to inform her private practice. She was the Certification Programs Manager and faculty at the Global non-profit school, The Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies from 2009 until the spring of 2016.
Certificates and Trainings
Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst (CLMA) with IMS/Integrated Movement Studies.
Registered Somatic Movement Therapist & Registered Somatic Movement Educator with ISMETA
200 hour Yoga Alliance Certified Hath-based Vinyasa Yoga Instructor with Kula Yoga Project.
30 hour Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Training with Jenn Turner at ISHTA Yoga.
100 hour Yoga Therapy Certificate with Jillian Pranksy.
30 hour Lineage Project Teacher Training
85 hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training with Beth Donnelly Caban and Lara Kohn Thompson at Integral Yoga Institute
Transformational Chairwork Training by Scott Kellogg, PhD
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-week Training, Insight Meditation Center
Training Institute of Mental Health psychoanalytical training internship
Masters in Mental Health Counseling, Brooklyn College