Dance of Stillness




Writer / dance researcher

 Movement artist


Photo credit: Still from "Nilay",

videography by Takeshi Kondo, 2020..

On location: ArtPlay, Melbourne.


Rina Angela Corpus writes, moves and teaches coming from a lifelong interest in the arts, spirituality and sacred narratives in culture.

Born in Manila and now based in Melbourne, she integrates her long-time practice of Qigong and Raja yoga meditation with somatic and dance practices, bringing their meditative and poetic resonances into her movement expression.

She studied and performed with the Quezon City Ballet, trained in Limon dance in New York, physical theater in Austria, nihonbuyo in Kyoto, and Qigong in Manila and Australia; published two books in dance, “Defiant Daughters Dancing” and “Dance and Other Slippages” (UP Press), and widely written essays on culture and dance for various publications. She has received an artistic grant from the National Commission for Culture and Arts, and various grants from the University of the Philippines. She is a contributing writer for the new edition of the CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art. She is currently on leave as an Assistant Professor of Art Studies at the University of the Philippines, as she pursues a PhD Dance at the University of Melbourne, focusing on a practice-led research and performance on meditative dance and the aesthetics of Filipina-American choreographer Kristin Jackson's work.

In Melbourne, her most influential dance mentors are Helen Herbertson and Katrina Rank. She has performed with Katrina Rank's Fine Lines Dance group.

She also has a two-decade practice of meditation, which she integrates in her dance practice and expressive arts therapy sessions.

Research and Writing

After more than ten years in the academe, Rina has presented her research work at the Congress on Research in Dance in New York, Performance Studies International, University of the Philippines, University of Melbourne, and Dance Research Australia. 

A widely published author, her essays on culture and dance have appeared in Curator Magazine, GMA News online, Rappler; while her academic essays have been published in Kritika Kultura, Philippine Humanities Review, Diliman Review, Peace Review: Journal of Social Justice, Research in Dance Education, to mention a few. She has served as cultural editor for the Philippine Collegian. She has done writing jobs for Coca-Cola, Petron and the Cultural Centre of the Philippines. 

Her poems have also been published in Madswirl, Legendary, Philippine Humanities Review, Philippines Free Press, The Sound of Poetry Review, among others.

Practice and Teaching

A Raja yoga meditation teacher since 2000, Rina continues to teach this meditation practice as a free service to the community. She runs free and by-donation meditation classes.

Rina also runs dance and expressive arts therapy, self-development and somatic movement courses such as Soul and Body Wisdom through her creative tehrapy and coaching platform, Heart and Soul.


Contact Rina for:

  • Artistic collaborations 

  • Writing, research and editing work

  • private & group mindfulness classes

  • Lectures, workshops on these topics:

    • Philippine and Asian art and cultures

    • the meditative arts: dance, movement and meditation


Read Ime Morales' review of a session with Rina  here.

Read Clarissa Mijares-Ramos's review of Rina's book, 'Dance and other Slippages' here.


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Mutya ng Ilog (2015)

Mutya ng Ilog (2015) dance film, Performance Studies International Conference, De La Salle University, Nov. 2015. Text based on Dr. Grace Odal's cultural study on the Mutya

Letters to the River

“Letters to the River/Mga Liham sa Ilog,” performative panel co-curated by Rina Corpus and Charlie Veric. Presented at the Performance Studies Conference, De La Salle University, November 2015.

Touch the Light

'Touch the Light,' solo for "Pang-alay," the Ampatuan Massacre Fourth Year Anniversary Commemoration Night, November 15, 2013 at UP FIlm Institute Main Lobby


'Meditations,' improvisation with sitar player Raymond Fulgar, Vargas Museum, for Dominic Mangila's exhibit, 'I Put A Spell On You Because You're Mine,' Dec. 1, 2015.

Natsuwa Hotaru

Natsuwa Hotaru, nihonbuyo solo performance at Oe Noh Theatre, Kyoto

'Nilay' dance film, Melbourne Fringe Festival 2020

'Nilay' dance film, Melbourne Fringe Festival 2020

Conversations through Art, UP Centre for Women's and Gender Studies

Conversations through Art with Rina Angela Corpus. UP Centre for Women's and Gender Studies, Nov. 15, 2019

Sacred Space (Short Dance Film) with Ea Torrado, 2014

Sacred Space (Short Dance Film) with Ea Torrado, 2014

'Pakiusap', solo dance for International Women's Day Summit

'Pakiusap', solo dance for International Women's Day Summit, March 8, 2019, SM Aura, BGC Taguig, Manila. Choreography by Kristin Jackson


'Bird,' screened performance for hillsceneLIVE festival 2020. Choreography by Katrina Rank


'Still One,' dance film for Phd Dance, Univ. of Melbourne. Direction: Rina Corpus and Antonne Santiago

Contact Rina

Mobile: 0416 407095


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