ALDES is a no-profit association of artists and cultural workers, established in 1993, which produces and fosters experimental choreography using dance, visual arts and new technologies under the artistic direction of its founder Roberto Castello. ALDES creates performances, installations, events and videos dealing with body, movement and the way they are represented.

Particular attention is paid to how choreography and audiences interact, and therefore to all forms of contemporary dance which attempt new space/time relationships between works and their audience.

ALDES is a political proposal to manage culture and artistic action in a responsible way, in connection with its own territory. ALDES rounds up some of the most interesting and imaginative Italian authors, experimenting organizational structures in order to ease the artistic process and free it from bureaucratic burdens.

In January 2019, ALDES received a double recognition from the Ubu Award 2018: Special Award to the project ALDES and special Award to Andrea Cosentino.
ALDES award motivation: for the constant work of choreographic research combined to the reserach for new audiences and for having given life to new talents in the field of contemporary dance, becoming a reference point on a national level by creating a recognizable artistic blueprint, while not strictly related to the poetics of a single artist.

The foundations of these achievements lie in the quality of the works produced by the artists that form part of ALDES: Caterina Basso, Roberto Castello, Andrea Cosentino, Aline Nari, Stefano Questorio, Giselda Ranieri, Giacomo Verde, Francesca Zaccaria (and Marco Chenevier with Elena Pisu / years 2018-2019)

Since 2008, ALDES is carrying on the project “SPAM! rete per le arti contemporanee” (, organizing residencies, several programming events, a multidisciplinary Season, generally in Spring and Fall, workshops, didactic activities, public meetings. The project is realized in the framework of 'Patto Riassetto Sistema Teatrale della Toscana'.

ALDES is supported by Mibact - MINISTERO per i Beni e le Attività Culturali e del Turismo / Direzione Generale per lo spettacolo dal vivo, REGIONE TOSCANA / Sistema Regionale dello Spettacolo.


Artistic Direction / legal representative: Roberto Castello
Artistic Coordination and communication: Alessandra Moretti
Diego Cinelli, Luca Telleschi
Accounting: Silvana Busetto
Administration Assistant: Gabriela Giusti
Residency Programme: Mariacristina Bertacca
Project: Beatrice Tani




SPAM! rete per le arti contemporanee
via Don Minzoni 34 
cap 55016 - Porcari (LUCCA) - ITA

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tel +39 0583975089  fax +39 0583572965