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Corporeal Arts Incorporated

Physical Theatre Company

The idea of Corporeal Arts Incorporated began germinating in 2000 with the creation of Mirrors. Performed by Selma Treviño and directed with William Treviño, the performance traveled throughout the United States and Brazil for three years. As the performance Mirrors underwent a transformation process for each new venue, the couple’s artistic identity formed. The Treviño Theatre Company, which changed its name to Corporeal Arts Incorporated when it received non-profit status, is a company determined to represent the moods and feelings of the Human Being through the body rather than through logical speech.

Selma and William have dedicated their artistic lives to corporeal arts, specializing in Corporeal Mime of Etienne Decroux and Soo Bahk Do respectively. By applying, transforming, combining, and incorporating corporeal techniques, they have been developing and creating a personal method of working and performing.


Selma and William Trevino


Selma Trevino is a Brazilian performer/choreographer/artistic director and co-founder of Corporeal Arts Incorporated (CAI) in New York.  She holds a MA in Performance Studies from NYU (2009); a BA in Theater Arts from UNICAMP, Brazil( 1992); Specialization in Corporeal Mime with Thomas Leabhart in Paris and California (1996-2002). After her BA, Selma went to Paris on an adventure to look for a technique that would give skills to develop artistic work in the field of dance and theater. She found her home in the Corporeal Mime technique of Etienne Decroux, in which inside a very precise form, the body finds freedom for  individual expression. Researching movement sometimes in its smallest appearance almost to a pulse or sometimes in its biggest projection that creates a  jump in the air, Selma’s choreographies stand between the art of gestual theater and dance. Her work was performed in several venues in NYC, such as: Baryshnikov Arts Center, Lincoln Center, Dixon Place, HERE, Center for Performance Research – CPR; as well as different parts of the world: California, Canada, Brazil, Finland and France.

William Trevino has taught at St. Joseph’s College since 2005 and currently runs the theatre minor program on the Brooklyn Campus.  Before joining SJC, he performed on television and off-Broadway, as well as in California, Brazil, and Finland.  In 2001 he co-founded the physical theatre company, Corporeal Arts Incorporated, and he continues to collaborate on original works as an actor/director, presenting in curated programs at avant-garde NYC institutions like HERE and Dixon Place.  His recent artistic work includes performing "The Tell-Tale Heart" in the historical Poe House & Museum in Baltimore as part of the 2018 International Edgar Allan Poe Festival and receiving the 2019 New Works Grant from the Queens Arts Fund for his production of Through the Oak Door.  He is also narrating the audiobooks of The Plague Saga by Imogen Keeper, including books Broken, Lost, and Found.
Certified as a 5th degree black belt in the Korean martial art of Soo Bahk Do, William Trevino has also taught martial arts for almost twenty years.  His research into martial arts training for performing artists received a 2013 grant from the Jerome Foundation.  He has taught numerous practical workshops on this martial arts research through the New York Film Academy, the Performance Studies Department at NYU, the Center for Dance, Movement, and Somatic Learning at Stony Brook University, and the Brazilian Theatre Union SATED.  He has also published and presented his movement research academically for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Association for Theatre Movement Educators, and International Federation for Theatre Research.

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