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Opportunities: Alto Festival Open Call (Naples, IT)

Opportunities: Alto Festival Open Call (Naples, IT)
Alto Festival Open Call
deadline 20th April 2015

[deadline 20th April 2015]


+ PROGRAM [performance, theatre, dance, music, interdisciplinary interventions]

+ RESIDENCIES CREATIVE [cinema, writing, Community’s Action Project]

+ CONTEST [“Operappartamento”]

ALTO FEST is an international Festival of Performing Arts and Trans-disciplinary Interventions.
Its Fifth Edition will run July 8-12, 2015 in Naples.

An international cultural project, generative and horizontal that is inserted in the innermost social-urban fabric by which it is hosted. The aim of the festival is summarized by the motto “to give rise to”, is to activate cultural and participative processes, promoting an experience of human and urban regeneration.

Alto Fest activates generative “dispositifs” of relation, thinking and knowledge, mixing public and intimacy. It creates a space of promiscuity in which authors and audience can go beyond their roles, participating consciously.

The Festival runs in private venues spontaneously donated by the citizens (apartments, terraces, basements, courtyards, whole buildings, artisan shops…) Citizens share with artists and audience the intimacy of their houses, the everyday life of their working places, the memory of the cellars, creating an exclusive relationship with the artist and a permanent connection with
the artwork. The process is built by experimenting with innovative poetics and aiming to the involvement of places, and with them the system of relationships that are hosted by the places themselves.

Alto Fest emancipates itself from the function of mere “programming” and/ or “production” of shows and artworks, as festivals are usually considered, to prefigure itself as a space for an experimental sociality.
In this way the city becomes the home for innovative and shared art practices, for vibrant artists and brave citizens.

The festival was born in 2011 in Naples, and it is conceived and directed by TeatrInGestAzione (
TeatrInGestAzione cares for the artistic direction of the festival. From many years the company deals with the creation of innovative artistic practices; directly involving international artists and territory, TeatrInGestAzione focuses on the involvement of citizens in the cultural processes, inserting the artistic action in the socio-urban and human architecture in which the company acts.

… last editions ….
ALTO FEST summary

40 venues, 5 municipalities, 50 donors of spaces and accommodation, 7 days of programming from 11 am to 12 am, 165 performances, thousands of visitors, both residents and travelers, 38 artistic groups from 17 countries, for a total number of 42 performances, premiers, creative residencies, meetings, theatre, dance, visual arts, writing, 200 applications from 44 different countries to the international open call, from 5 continents, 10 cultural operators, 5000 programs distributed, 10000 FOLLOWERS

“For the fourth year the project aims to migrate in the city, in its memories, in its unknown space. Searching for new houses, creative dimensions and human encounters”La Repubblica
“It is contemporary theatre that has to reach people, not the opposite, therefore during these years Alto Fest has grown its popularity, thanks to its capability to reveal places, making them accessible to everybody”Sipario


Performers, researchers, art and thought practitioners, single or collective artists. Amateur groups are excluded.

The program of the festival welcomes all the expressions of contemporary live arts, from theatre to visual arts, from dance to music, from cinema to writing, hosting interdisciplinary projects, originated by the dialogue among artists experimenting with original synergies and hybrid praxis. Today their presence makes ALTO FEST a crossroads of diversified languages and experimental aesthetics.

ALTO FEST is a Permanent Observatory focused on the “aesthetic experience” inviting the artists in program to relate their own project to the principle that generated the festival: To Give Rise To.

Since the first edition To Give Rise To is the principle of the Festival. To Give Rise To evokes the principle of gift, that is the basis of the festival, but also the conscious action, the choice that is the premise of this gift. To Give Rise To means also the aesthetic direction of the works and interventions that Alto Fest generates and welcomes. Interventions arising from a singular dialogue between the work and the space they are hosted by, that will let the other space emerge, the possible inner space, in the wrinkles of the inhabited spaces, giving new sense to shapes, objects, actions, practiced already, prepared already to relations and actions they host in everyday life.

Works in program are observed and analyzed by a Critique Panel: a permanent space of reflection and interdisciplinary research, organic with Alto Fest, in which a miscellaneous group of researchers and artists is called to exercise a collective and multi-perspective look on the Festival.

The Panel is directed by Silvia Mei ( in dialogue with TeatrInGestAzione. The names of the members that will form the 2015 Panel are being defined. Updates and personal profiles will be available on the website and social networks of Alto Fest.

The Artistic Direction will compose the Program. The decisions of the Artistic Direction are unquestionable.


Proposals can be sent online, filling the Application Form at – clicking on OPEN CALLS
In the same page you will find the REGULATIONS DOCUMENT. Before filling the Application Form, we recommend you to carefully read the guidelines describing the structure of the Festival and the conditions for participation, both for Program and Creative Residencies sections.

For PROGRAM section application can regard one or more finished works or ongoing projects. Works and projects must have a minimum duration of 30 minutes, except for special cases.

For CREATIVE RESIDENCIES unpublished projects are welcome

All the fields in the online application form must be filled. The proposals must include all the requested materials. The materials must be uploaded on the online platforms, as indicated.

If you have problems with the online form, please send us an email at

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Caden Manson is Editor In Chief and Curator of Contemporary Performance Network and co-founder and artistic director of Big Art Group, a New York City performance company founded in 1999.
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