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.

ALDES authors are: Roberto Castello, founder and artistic director (Premio Speciale UBU in 1985 for "Il cortile" and  UBU Prize for the best show of the season in theater section and dance with "Il migliore dei mondi possibili" in 2003), Stefano Questorio, historic ALDES dancer since 1998 and choreographer (Premio Othello Sarzi - New theater realities in 2007, and Best Actor Prize, Loro del Reno Festival  in 2007), Irene Russolillo (Premio Equilibrio 2014  – special prize for best performer 2014, Premio MasDanza19 special prize for best performer, Premio Outlet 2014, candidate at the 2014 Award Virginia Reiter) dancer / performer in ALDES since 2010,  Caterina Basso and Giselda Ranieri, dancers in ALDES from 2007 to 2010 (Caterina Basso is also author of some projects with Ambra Senatore), Aline Nari, performer in ALDES in past years, and David Frangioni who make projects of artistic research to combine different audience in team with Aline Nari; from 2016 will also collaborate: the dancer / choreographer Francesca Zaccaria (his last choreographies were presented in France and Germany), performer for Roberto Castello since 2004, and the artist / performer Giacomo Verde, with whom ALDES worked since 1998.

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' (

Some events curated by ALDES: Strade Contemporanee ('97/'99), Rizoma (2005/2007), Tempi di Reazione - multidisciplinary improvisation happenings (2008/2009/2010), Maratona Viola (2009), Reporters (2009), Maratona Cahen (2010),  Quello che vorresti vedere (2011), theater seasons of SPAM! Project  (2008>2014, Ring festival (2014, Scena e doppia scena - STUDIO AZZURRO e il teatro (2014).

ALDES is supported by Mibact - MINISTERO per i Beni e le Attività Culturali / 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
Production / Promotion: Lucia Franceschini
Press: Eva Guidotti
Nuove Generazioni (new generations): Aline Nari
Technical Direction: Diego Cinelli
Administration: Silvana Busetto and Gabriela Giusti
Organisation's Secretary: Chiara Leone

Authors / Choreographers: Roberto Castello, Stefano Questorio, Irene Russolillo, Caterina Basso, Giselda Ranieri, Aline Nari & Davide Frangioni, Francesca Zaccaria, Giacomo Verde


SPAM! rete per le arti contemporanee
via Don Minzoni 34 
55016 - Porcari (LUCCA) - ITA
tel +39 (0) 583.975089  fax +39 (0)583.572965
M. +39 348.3213503

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