Aurora Lubos will perform at the Altofest Festival in Naples, Italy. On 7 July (7:30 pm) and 9 July (4 pm) Lubos will present her solo piece Witajcie/Welcome (music: Alex Catona). The performance was presented in Poland as part of the Polish Dance Platform 2017 in Bytom, as well as in other Polish cities within the frame of the Stage for Dance programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.
Venue: Chiesa S.Maria della Misericordia SMMAVE centro per l?Arte Contemporanea, Via Fuori Porta S. Gennaro, 15.
Aurora Lubos about the performance:
I am interested in the human being, the one who is safe but reluctant to taking in others, who escape from war, conflict, oppression, death, hunger. I am interested in the situation of conflict, menace, suffering. What would the satiated, self- satisfied Western people feel with respect to those whose daily reality focuses on the struggle for survival?
One of the elements of the show is the documentation of From the Water, a performance which took place on a beach in Sopot in mid- October 2015, on the Solidarity with Refugees Day. The piece was my commentary on immigrants dying in the sea, a transposition of those images onto our Polish, tangible reality.
video, objects, sound, movement: Aurora Lubos
performance: Aurora Lubos
music: Alex Catona
premiere: 15 May 2016, Przestrzeń Sztuki WL4 in Gdańsk
duration: 40 minutes
Aurora Lubos (b. 1977) is an independent dancer associated with the Polish and British contemporary dance scene. She has created several outspoken solo pieces, covering such topics as domestic violence, among others. For 15 years, she was an actor with the Vincent Dance Theatre. She is the author of solos (Zanzibar; Unfinished; Knife, Horse and Stairs; Acts; Thou Shalt Not); installations/performances (No. 1; Four Corners; Act for Two ? Leftovers; Without Home; Out of Water) and anima- tions (Winter 2010 cycle).
Alex Catona ? multi-discpilinary artist with a vast international performing and teaching experience in various fields of the performing arts.Avant garde musician, dancer, writer, choreographer, visual artist, filmmaker, theatre director and dramaturg.His main area of interest is avant garde experiments within the performing and visual arts and in particular the relationship between sound, body, space and context.
TO GIVE RISE TO a Human / Urban regeneration
Altofest is the space of the beginning, built by uncertain steps and persons waiting in front of the doors of the houses. Here, in Naples, where every moment is lived as the first time, the first sound, the first light. We care about falling in love.
Here, where this is possible because nothing is as it seems, here, where no ?seems? is known. Here you happen. Walking around the streets, here it may happen to see women wearing nightgowns while standing outside their ?basso? (typical Neapolitan ground level house). They dominate a tiny plot of public land, showing their identity, that waters down with the one of their neighbour. This space sets the two inhabitants in and out their houses, at the same time.
Naples moves the border of what is private or public not in front or behind. The border means inhabiting. A not physical border, but the result of inhabiting.
What we do with Altofest is creating a space for promiscuity in which everybody takes the risk of his own exposition to the other. What is private is not yours anymore, it becomes shared intimacy. Expropriation and displacement are usually felt as traumatic. During Altofest these feelings are like a storm where strangers are blocked under the same roof or in the same hall offering shelter from the rain.
We love saying that the festival is a trap you choose to fall into. It is a trap for the artist, chosing to leave the formal space. It is a trap for the space donor letting an artistic work live in his own intimacy. It is a trap for the audience that will recognize the private space as something different, as a space where his sight will write and read something new. The houses themselves become a white paper in the very moment the artists go beyond the doorstep. As inhabitants of the same place, both artists and citizens are totally and mutually exposed. No excuses for missing their encounter.
Altofest activates generative ?dispositifs? of relations, thinking and knowledge, mixing public and intimacy. It creates a space of promiscuity in which artists and audience can go beyond their roles, participating in a total experience that generates ?original relationships?.
Altofest 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 artists who are ?full of life? and brave citizens.
The festival was born in 2011 in Naples, and it is conceived and directed by TeatrInGestAzione (teatringestazione.com).
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. They promote creative praxises that produce new thinking, fostering the growth of the community enhancing diversity, and not searching for consensus.
ALTOFEST was born to GIVE RISE to a community that generates a critical thinking, that is constantly on the alert regarding every attempt of imposing a depersonalized cultural proposal. A community that is able to recognize culture as a primary good, of which feeling a daily need. We try to insert a process athwart the several social elements of the urban fabric, putting them into dialogue. The connection is given by the foreign, external sight, that expresses itself in the plurality of artistic languages that are hosted in the festival. These semantic interferences give to the community the occasion of speaking to each other in a neutral language, meeting in a shared space for risking.
More information: www.teatringestazione.com/altofest/ilfestival2017/