Cornelia is a dance company founded in 2019 in Naples by Nyko Piscopo, Nicolas Grimaldi Capitello, Eleonora Greco, Leopoldo Guadagno and Francesco Russo. Innovation is the key word in Cornelia’s artistic manifesto, and it stands out in projects where different languages coexist, through the modern reinterpretation of both literary and ballet classics. Accordingly, the topics covered by the company are all about contemporaneity. They include the issues of the new generations, like the battles for the self-determination of the bodies and the affirmation of one’s own sexuality, also by exploring the new possibilities of connection given by the social media revolution. Together with the founders, Cornelia has many external collaborators which share the same philosophy.
The company works in Italy and abroad: artistic productions are presented in several Italian theatres (Teatro delle Muse in Ancona, Teatro Bellini in Naples, Teatro Carignano in Torino) and they take part in the most important dance and video dance festivals both nationally (the Venice Biennale 2020, Campania Teatro Festival 2021 and many more) and internationally (Filmpride in Brighton, Choreoscope in Barcelona), as well as projects streamed online in New York, London, Belgrade, Sweden, Iran. Operating not only in dance in terms of production, the company is also involved in the organization of COMBO – the queer dance combination festival and in the training of local dancers through free initiatives like Wake Up! Training. Cornelia has obtained a significant recognition by the Ministry of Culture, being included in the list of dance companies financed by the Fund for the Performing Arts in Italy (Fondo Unico per lo Spettacolo, FUS).