Biography Dance


Benedetta Capanna is a choreographer and performer from Rome.

Her choreographic research draws energy and inspiration from her Mediterranean and Baltic roots (she is the granddaughter of Mirdza Kalnins, etoile at the Opera of Riga and Rome) and from over twenty years of Yoga studies. Through the exploration of the body in its infinite dynamic possibilities inside the small space created by its own limitations, she wants to embrace the poetry of human fragility, its sacredness and the urgency of its passions. “Art to me is an anecdote of the spirit, and the only means of making concrete the purpose of its varied quickness and stilness”. These Mark Rothko’s words are guidelines for her research.

She has been an active as choreographer and a free lancer performer since 1998, alternating stays between Rome and New York. Since 2009, as an associated choreographer of CORE (Coordinamento Regionale della Danza e della Arti performative del Lazio), she has received grants and residencies to work on her choreographic projects. Since 2013, she had received the support of MIBACT (Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism) collaborating with the Cultural Association Excursus Onlus, now Cultural Association Pindoc.

She has always had attention and curiosity for interdisciplinary work. She collaborated with Teatro Potlach of Fara Sabina, the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, Teatro Diana in Naples, the Kairos Italy Theatre in New York .

She works with many musicians and composer as the bass player Matthew Garrison, the percussionist Vittorino Naso, the composers Concetta Cucchiarelli.

She relies on Mauro Raponi to directed the video projections for her choreography “Danze Rotte” dedicated to Pier Paolo Pasolini and Mathematics of Resonant Bodies. She is performer and co-author with Richard Sphuntoff of the film “Epiphany of returning”, winner of Pool 15 International Dance Film Festival of Berlin and of the Videodance DMJ International Festival 2015 at SAITAMA ARTS THEATER and now touring in International Festival.

Her training started at the National Academy of Dance in Rome and it continued to Peridance and in the major dance centers of the New York scene. So it embrace ballet, different styles and modern technique from Cunningham to Limon, and it is supported by the deep and continuos study of Yoga between NY, Rome, Paris and India.

She danced in international tour working for MDA , Balletto 90, John Carrafa, Teatro Bellini, Teri J Weikel, Turano/Ford Dance, DASSdance, Pick of the Crop Dance Company, Poppo and Gogo Boys, Michael Mao Dance Company, Igal Perry, Myung Soo Kim, Nayo Takasaki, Mario Piazza.

In 1991 she is awarded a silver medal at the International Dance competition of Positano. The American Guild of Musical Artist recognized her extraordinary ability in the arts as Dancer.

She has been guest teacher for “Nostos” at the National Academy of Dance in Rome, for the Pick of the Crop Dance Company and Nichols School in Buffalo, the New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble, the Dance To The People of New York, the Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy Riga. in New York she taught at the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting and New York University. She has taught dance at the “Palestra dell’Attore” at the Diana Theatre in Napoli, at Teatro Parioli in Roma and she has taught regularly the class for professional dancers in several dance centers in Rome. She gives often workshop on composition and she is part of several teacher trainings for dancers and dance teachers.

Some festivals and theatres in which she presented her work: Resid’AND2018 at Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome, 27ª Quinzena de Dança de Almada, Nuit Blanche in Montrèal 2018, 22 International Baltic Ballet Festival in Riga, TANZRAUSCHEN International Dance on Screen Festival in Wuppertal, Thirteenth Annual Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema in Boulder-Colorado, Aprile in Danza at the Teatro Palladium della Terza Università in Roma, Dance History at Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, ArteScienza 2016- Dono e Relazione at the Goethe Institute of Rome, Crossing Boundaries at Dixon Place in New York City, Dança em foco – International Festival of Vídeo and Dance in Rio de Janeiro, Tanz und Film in Amburgo, National Theatre in Budapest, IN SCENA! Italian Theatre Festival 2015 in New York, Sinema Dans Ankara, INTERNATIONAL DANCE FILM of Bucharest, POOL INTERNATIONALES TanzFilmFestival in Berlin, IDACO nyc – Italian DAnce COnnection, MAXXI in Roma, SAITAMA ARTS THEATER DMJ International VideoDance Festival 2015, ArteScienza 2014 Segno Infinito at the Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Roma, Museo Riso of Palermo, Kyoto Prefectural Centre for Art and Culture, Teatri di Vetro in Roma, Parallel Lives Henry Street Settlement’s Abrons Art Centre in N.Y, TenDance Festival in Fondi and Formia, Theatre of Riverside Church in New York City, Teatro Montevergini in Palermo, Tra Oriente e Occidente del Teatro Potlach in Fara Sabina, New Moves di Buffalo, Teatro Lido of Ostia, Incontri in Scena at Accademia Nazionale di Danza di Roma, The Kitchen in New York.