Nicoletta Cappello (1989) is an Italian artist, born in Sicily and based in Madrid.
She works as theatre maker, pedagogue and performer and she researches in devising participatory performances formats based on embodied tasks.
She graduated in Physical Theatre at Real Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático de Madrid (2016) and studied as exchange student in the Physical Theatre department of Folkwang Universität der Künste Essen (2016). Master Degree in Performing Arts at UCM Madrid in 2018.
In 2016-2017 she worked as director assistant of Sicilian director Emma Dante during the production of the Opera Cavalleria Rusticana/Voix Humaine. The same year se worked as creative assistant of Chiara Guidi at Teatro Comandini- Societas Raffaello Sanzio, in the Festivals Mántica dedicated to voice experiments and Puerilia, dedicated to children.
With AMEDIAS she devised the choreography Paliques Femeninos researching body language clichés connected to gender, winner of the Prize Galerías (2015) of La Cárcel de Segovia and selected for the Festival Russafa Escénica Valencia (2015). In 2016 se created a solo movement composition Cricket Sound, about the body’s role in thinking process, presented at Folkwang Short Cut Festival in Maschinenhaus Essen and in Feldstärke Pact Zollverein.
In 2018 she co-created with Kira Anzizu the art pedaogogical project MOVEOSOFIA. They collectively devised a participatory piece for a School Classroom Dramasofía. The piece researches on how to explain philosophical theories through theatre pedagogy and movement. Dramasofía won the Prize Citofonare PimOff Milano 2018/2019, the Residency Prize of FabraiCoats- Fábrica de Creación Contemporánea Barcelona (2018), the Prize for Contemporary Creation PremiBorn Menorca (2019) and it was selected for Festival of Contemporary Theatre Presente Futuro of Teatro Libero Palermo in 2019.
In 2019 she facilitated the devising process of Playlist a theatre piece created during a professional acting course with actors with disability.
In 2020 she founded a pedagogical project Let’s get physical an online physical theatre workout for imagination opened to everybody.
She works as theatre pedagogue with Summer School of Accademia d’Arte Drammatica Paolo Grassi of Milan (2020); Complutense University of Madrid (2019), SSLimit Bolonia University (2018), Universidad Francisco de Vitoria (2020), Casa delle Maschere Ragusa (2018-currently).
She is currently researching in Stato Vegetale a work in progress for a lecture performance and participatory virtual experience awarded with the Prize Carlota Soldevila for the creation at the distance of Theatre Lliure Barcelona (2020).
I research in performance as a tool to improve education. And the other way round, I research in education as a tool to open up performance formats.
I'm interested in how performance can widen its own positive social impact by sharing with the “non-artists” its pedagogical techniques through education and artistic events.
I believe in performance's pedagogy potential for providing radical learning experiences in different contexts and environments non formally neither traditionally connected with arts.
My practice focuses in linking performance and “normal life” through pedagogical devices in order to create highly accessible art spaces facilitating aware experiences of embodiment and performance. The research question underling my artistic practice is: “Which role can performance play in our daily life and how we can use performance tools to explore and enact our potential of transformation?
I'm focused in researching performance formats based on participatory embodied devices, with three objectives.
1) anchor cultural reflection to experience, by building a knowledge that involves the body.
2) renew the forms of theater by broadening its base of participation and creation.
3) spread art practices that can serve as an exercise for more participatory and creative social life.