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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 (Premio MasDanza20 special prize for best solo) and Giselda Ranieri, dancers in ALDES from 2007 to 2010 (Caterina Basso is also author of some projects with Ambra Senatore), Aline Nari, performers in ALDES in past years, with Davide Frangioni who make projects of artistic research to combine different audience. In 2016 he will also work Francesca Zaccaria (his last choreographies were presented in France and Germany), performers in ALDES in 2004/2005, and the artist / performer Giacomo Verde.
With the national preview of July 2017 at Kilowatt Festival of "Kotekino Riff", Andrea Cosentino joins ALDES. The collaboration with Cosentino, which has led in recent years to the realization of some important projects, becomes so structured.

Roberto Castello
Stefano Questorio

Irene Russolillo -
Caterina Basso
Giselda Ranieri
Aline Nari & Davide Frangioni  -
Francesca Zaccaria
Giacomo Verde  -

Andrea Cosentino  -

Starting from January 1st 2016, Ambra Senatore is the director of the National Choreographic Center of Nantes - France, which will distribute all of her performances, the new creations and those in the repertoire that were produced by the ALDES between 2004 and 2015. ( -



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Castello is probably the most ideologically engaged and politically controversial choreographer among the founders of Italian contemporary dance.

Dancer, choreographer and teacher he studies modern dance in Turin and New York.
In the earliest ‘80s, he dances with Carolyn Carlson's Teatro Danza la Fenice where he creates his first choreography.
His activity as a choreographer starts in 1983.
In 1984 he’s one of the founders of the Italian modern dance company Sosta Palmizi and creates, among the other pieces, some collective works (“Il Cortile” - Ubu prize 1986, “Tufo”, “Perduti una notte”).
In the ‘90s he starts his career as a free lance with the piece “Enciclopedia” and as a choreographer he works with several Italian companies such as Compagnia di Balletto del Teatro Regio in Tourin.
In 1993 he founds his new ensemble ALDES in Tuscany with whom he creates experiments and performances among dance, visual art and new technologies and realizes many dance and theater productions, in international environment too. Among the others productions he realizes: “Siamo qui solo per i soldi” (1994-‘95), “Biosculture” (1998) media installation for exhibition premises, ”Il fuoco, l’acqua, l’ombra” (1998) performance-installation in collaboration with Studio Azzurro, “Le avventure del Signor Quixana”, in collaboration with Paolo Atzori (Danza&Danza Prize '99-200 / best contemporary dance performance) and others international co-productions.
In 2002 he starts working on “Il migliore dei mondi possibili” (the best of possible worlds), Ubu Price 2003, a multi-year project in 10 sections that is now at its ninth step.
In 2010 he is the choreographer for the tv format “Vieni via con me” by Fabio Fazio and the writer Roberto Saviano on Rai 3 national broadcast.
In 2011 he choreographs “Carne Trita – Voice and Dance Concert”, having its premiere at Teatro Cà Foscari in Venice.
In 2013 he’s choreographer in two movie-installations by Peter Greenaway, “The Towers” in Lucca (Italy) and “The Dance of Death” in Basel (Switzerland).
In 2015 he is invited to realize the choreography of La Notte della Taranta's main concert (Salento) and he debuts with his last two works: "In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni" with the ensamble ALDES, a very radical work made of pure movement and "Trattato di economia" (treaty of economy) with the actor Andrea Cosentino, a theater comic work on economy absurdities, and was invited as international guest choreographer by Zukt Academy of Frankfurt.

He’s curator of several festivals (Strade Contemporanee - '97/'99, Rizoma - ’05/'07, Tempi di Reazione – multidisciplinary improvisation happenings, Maratona Viola, Maratona Cahen, Reporters – 2008/2009/2010, Short Formats / italian contemporary choreography – 2009), Ring festival (2014) and, in 2008, he’s one of the founders of “SPAM! rete per le arti contemporanee”, Contemporary Arts Network, a choreographic production center in Tuscany, organizing residencies, a multidisciplinary season, workshops, public meetings and didactic activities.

From 2005 to 2015 he teaches digital choreography at Accademia delle Belle Arti Brera Due in Milan.



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Dancer, actor, author. He was born in Thiene (Vicenza, Italy) in August 26th, 1968.
He worked as a performer with Italian and international companies such as Wim Vandekeybus , Studio Azzurro, Carolyn Carlson, L’Impasto, Fabrizio favale/Le Supplici, Zimmerfrei and others.
Since 2001 he has been working with Aldes directed by Roberto Castello and he takes part, as performer and co-author, to the pluri-annual project "Il Migliore dei Mondi Possibili" (The best of possibile worlds - Ubu prize in 2003).
In year 2003 he shows the solo “Trittico” (Triptych) and in 2005 “Promo”, works for which he is author and performer.
In year 2007 he directs the performance for children “Storia di un Gabbianella” (Story of a seagull - Prize Otello Sarzi - Nuove realtà del teatro).
Still in 2007 he starts with Valentina Buldrini the project “Georges Perec / Specie di Spazi” (Kind of spaces), divided until now in 2 episodes: study for 2 (best performer - prize rassegna Loro del Reno, Teatri di Vita, 2007) and the urban version (outside) “Due” (two).
In 2008 he works as performer in “L’inferno” (Hell) for the company Societas Raffaello Sanzio.


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Dancer, performer-actress and young choreographer born in 1982.

She is co-author of Antipasto (finalist Nuove Sensibilità 2010 – Naples and winner Young Station 3 – Prato) and author of Ebollizione (finalist GD’A Puglia 2012 competition for Young choreographers), Strascichi (winner Premio Outlet 2014 and selected by “Visionari” Kilowatt Festival 2014) and A loan, co-produced by festivals Inequilibrio/Castiglioncello and Oriente Occidente/Rovereto. In 2013 and 2014 her works are supported by Anticorpi Network XL. As a choreographer, she is part of ALDES.

In 2014 she has been awarded the Best Performer Prize Equilibrio Roma 2014 and Best Performer Prize in 19Masdanza International Contemporary Dance Festival of Canary Islands. She is also finalist at Premio Virginia Reiter. In 2015 she has been awarded with Davide Calvaresi Premio Prospettiva Danza in Padua, due to their first work Map.

Since 2007 she has worked as dancer with Micha Van Hoecke, Roberto Castello, Mario Piazza, Daniela Capacci, Harry Albert, Claudio Bernardo, Francesca La Cava, Abbondanza – Bertoni, Erdem Gunduz. She has collaborated as improvisation performer with Company Blu and Takla Improvising Group, once with Julyen Hamilton, too.

She studied ballet mainly with Gabriella Musacchio, Marina Van Hoecke and Yoko Wakabayashi; contemporary dance with Ivan Wolfe, Susanne Linke, Raffaella Giordano, Giorgio Rossi, David Zambrano; physical theatre with Cesar Brie; she studies and practiced contact improvisation, among others, with Ivan Wolfe, Adi Sha’al, Koshro Adibi and Sabine Parzer; contact-tango with Javier Cura. In 2013 she attends Biennale College Danza at Biennale di Venezia directed by Virgilio Sieni, working in the project by Thomas Lebrun. She practices singing and vocal research, she dances tango argentino. In 2005 she had a bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences in Naples.

In February 2016 she will premiere with the new solo the speech, directed by Lisi Estaras (les ballets c de la b) at Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome. In September 2016 she will be the artist in residence at Italian Cultural Institute of Paris, for the project “Le promesse dell’arte” that promotes young italian artists in France.


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Caterina Basso trained as a dancer in Bologna where she graduated in Communication Studies with a thesis in Theatre Semiology.

In 2006 she was selected for the Inteatro Festival Academy in Polverigi, at the end of which she presented her first choreographic work.

Since 2007 she has started her collaboration with ALDES and Roberto Castello, dancing in several productions. She has also collaborated with other companies and artistis, including Motus, Silvia Traversi, Ariella Vidach, Laura Moro. During the same years she spent intensive periods of study in New York, Tel Aviv (Batsheva Dance Company) and Berlin (Sasha Waltz).

In 2009 she started her collaboration with Ambra Senatore for Passo, winner of Premio Equilibrio Roma. Since then she has been working with the company: she has performed and collaborated to the creation of Studio, A posto, Insalata al veleno, Petites Briques and Aringa Rossa, which has been presented at Théatre de la Ville in Paris in 2015.

In 2014 she performs in Senza Titolo and Mondo Novo by Jerome Bel in Venice. In 2013 she creates her first solo piece Il volume com’era for the Venice Biennale Prima Danza project. The solo has been selected by Anticorpi Network XL 2014 and won the first prize at Masdanza festival 2015. In the same year she creates her second solo “Un minimo distacco”.

She speaks Italian, English, French and Spanish.


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Ranieri was born in Genova in 1983.
Ballet and contemporary dancer, since 2008 she keeps her research foucused on instant composition, often cooperating with Takla Improvising Group (Piccole Meraviglie, Festival PULSI) and various musicians (Enrico Intra, Giovanni Falzone, Filippo Monico, Giancarlo Locatelli).
Ranieri co-founded UBIdanza/ Aline Nari e Davide Frangioni and works within the company since 2008.
Cooperation with ALDES and Roberto Castello starts in 2010.
She got a degree in Performing Arts and specialized in Dance at DAMS University in Bologna with dance historian Professor Eugenia Casini Ropa.
Throughout the years she has studied dance with  Dominique Dupuy,  Carolyn Carlson, Julyen Hamilton, Katie Duck, Ivan Wolfe, Giorgio Rossi, Virgilio Sieni, Michele Abbondanza, Aline Nari, Simona Bertozzi, Manuel Ronda and acting with Danio Manfredini and Teatro delle Moire.



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Aline Nari

Aline Nari, choreographer, dancer, PHD in Italian Literature Studies, she studied ballet and contemporary dance (scholarship NYU/Unige with Douglas Dunn). Her artistic path explores several contexts  (contemporary dance, urban dance, video dance, dance studies) on the aim to meet different kind of audience.
She started her professional career as interpreter in 1993 dancing for some contemporary dance companies (in Italy and Switzerland) and Opera Theatres. Since 1998 until 2007 she joined Sosta Palmizi Association, dancing either with Raffaella Giordano (La notte trasfigurata) and Giorgio Rossi (Gli Scordati, Lolita, E d'accanto mi passano femmine) and in 2009 she worked for ALDES/ Roberto Castello (Scene da un matrimonio).
After her first own piece Danze Minute in 2000, she has been creating she several performances (Airsuite, Formaline, Temporabilia, Buon peso, etc) for the theatre and the public space together with the performer Davide Frangioni, with whom she also founded UBIdanza an association aimed to promote dance culture through different actions: performances, educational programmes, meetings. Their performances has been represented in Italy and in different european countries, substained by Lieux publics Centre National de Création (FR), MDI (UK), Hunge Unde Network, Ciudades que dançan Network, Teatri di Vita (I), Teatro Akropolis (I), Urban Bodies Festival (I).
As choreographer and performer she also collaborated with: the videomakers James Herbert (USA) e M. Mirabella (I), the director G. Gallione (Teatro dell'Archivolto - I), the choreographers Cosmin Manolescu (RO), Jany Jérémie (FR). Since 2005 she has been working with the polish director Michal Znaniecki for whom she signed the choreographies for some operas (Samson et Dalila, Candide, Krol Roger) in Italy, Spain, Belgium, Polony, Greece.
Besides her artistic career Aline Nari kept on dealing with theatre and dance studies. She obtained her PhD at University of Genoa, published essays on theatre, literature and dance. From september 2015 she will teach Dance History at Pisa University.


Davide Frangioni

perfomer, dancer and choreographer, arrives to dance after a diverse educational path (Fine Arts, Martial Arts, Visual Art Performance) thanks to the Course in Theatrical Miming organized by the Council of Genoa.
She starts her professional carer in 2002 with Compagnia Arbalete and he works straight after with Teatro dell’Archivolto, ithe group Araiké,  the Rumenian choreographer C. Manolescu, the French choreographer J. Jérémie.
Since 2004 he colleaborated with Aline Nari with whom he created several ppieces and founded the Cultural Association UBIdanza. He is also part of the project Steps from Tuscany, directed by Giorgio Rossi (Moscow, November 2007) and in 2008 he creates his solo X4MEN-Performen (Vetrina Anticorpi XL) and the following Elogio all'attesa. In 2010 he supervise the movements for the creation Pater Familias of the Company Kronoteatro.
Since a decade he is dedicated to the study and research in the field of old Roman fencing, under the guide of Maestro d’armi Corrado Tomaselli Casale.



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Giacomo Verde has been working in theatre and the visual arts since the 1970s. Since the 1980s he has produced works through the creative use of ‘low’ technology, such as video art, techno-performances, theatre shows, installations and learning workshops. He is the inventor of “tele-narration”, a technique also used for creating live-video-backdrops for concerts and poetry recitals. He was one of the first Italians to create interactive art works and net-art. He has worked with various different artistic teams as an author, actor, performer, musician, video-set designer and director. He lectures on directing at the Fine Arts Academy of Torino, on video-theatre at the Fine Arts Academy of Macerata. Worked with prison inmates, animated 'Euclide', the interactive artificial puppet, created "poor" and alternative games for using television intelligently, founded the SeStessiVideo production company, taught how to destroy television sets, written, polemicized, invented formulae and definitions. Reflecting on and playfully experimenting with the latest techno-anthropo-logical developments underway and building bridges between different art genres is a constant with Verde. Since 1998 he has lived in Lucca. .


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Francesca Zaccaria
dancer, choreographer, painter

She connects her research in dance with a close dialogue related to painting, as a direct witness of a perceptive listening of gesture, in its revealing complexity.

Graduated in painting at the Accademia Ligustica di Belle Arti di Genova, she obtains a scholarship, Project Erasmus, year '98/'99, at the Université d'Arts Plastiques Saint-Denis, Paris.
In year 2002 she enriches her dance skills with Martial Arts,by following the Method Noro/Kinomichi, Aikido and Japanese Sword.
Currently, furthermore, she practices Yoga non dual tradition of Kashmir, as  per Eric Barry's method.

She has been an interpreter for the Compagnia ALDES/Roberto Castello, Compagnia Abbondanza/Bertoni, in the project named "Autour de Blowin" by Catherine Diverrès, in the Chorus of "Enrico V" by Pippo Delbono and different productions for Teatro dell'Archivolto in Genova.
In 2005 thanks to her first choreography, she gains the price Junge Hunde/Sosta Palmizi Network.
In 2007 together with Giovanni Di Cicco, she gives birth to Compagnia Dergah Danza Teatro in choreographic residence at Teatro dell'Archivolto in Genova.
In 2013 she receives an invitation to join the Folkwang of Contemporary Dance in Essen-Werden, in order to run a workshop and after, produce a choreography for the Tanzabend 2015.
Her  latest choreographies "A Solo Drama" year 2013 and "L'Artista cade (come frutto e figlio) year 2014, produced in cooperation with Teatro dell'Archivolto, have been displayed in France and Germany.
In 2016 for the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava she produces "Bodies Garden/Krajina Snov" with students of I II III year of the Theater Dance department.
At the moment she has been working in France with Cie Sic.12/Gustavo Giacosa and she is part of the ALDES authors.


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Andrea Cosentino

Attore, autore, comico e studioso di teatro.

E' inventore, proprietario, conduttore e conduttrice unico/a di Telemomò, la televisione autarchica a filiera corta. Tra i suoi spettacoli 'La tartaruga in bicicletta in discesa va veloce', il ‘dittico del presente’ costituito da 'L'asino albino e Angelica' (i cui testi son pubblicati in Carla Romana Antolini (a cura di), Andrea Cosentino l’apocalisse comica, Roma, Editoria e spettacolo, 2008), Antò le Momò-avanspettacolo della crudeltà, 'Primi passi sulla luna' (il cui testo in versione narrativa è pubblicato da Tic edizioni), 'Not here not now' e (in collaborazione con Roberto Castello / ALDES) 'Trattato di economia'.

Le sue apparizioni televisive vanno dalla presenza come opinionista comico nella trasmissione AUT-AUT (Gbr-circuito Cinquestelle) nel 1993 alla partecipazione nel 2003 alla trasmissione televisiva Ciro presenta Visitors (RTI mediaset), per la quale inventa una telenovela serial-demenziale recitata da bambole di plastica. E' promotore del PROGETTO MARA'SAMORT, che opera per un'ipotesi di teatro del-con-sul margine, attraverso una ricerca tematica, linguistica e performativa sulle forme espressive subalterne.