General information

Brief description of organisation

ALDES ( is an association of artists and cultural workers which, since 1993, produces and foster experimental choreography using dance, visual arts and new technology under the artistic direction of its founder Roberto Castello (2003 Theatre Ubu Prize; choreographer in 2013 for two movie-installations by Peter Greenaway, shown in Lucca and Basel). ALDES creates performances, installations, events and videos dealing with the body, movement and the way these 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 spectators.

Since 2008 in the Province of Lucca where the association is based, ALDES is carrying on the project SPAM! rete per le arti contemporanee, organising workshops, laboratories and didactic activities, public meeting, several programming events and a proper dance/ theater season, generally in Fall. The project is realised in the framework of "Patto Riassetto Sistema Teatrale della Toscana"(

ALDES is supported by Mibac - MINISTERO per i Beni e le Attività Culturali / Direz. Generale per lo Spettacolo dal vivo, REGIONE TOSCANA / Sistema Regionale dello Spettacolo.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Open Spam! is the name of the residency program offered by SPAM, aiming to provide an opportunity network to meet the artists and the ideas animating the contemporary arts scene.
We thus invite artists to experiment, live and shape in their own way this project in the unique territory it is located, to meet, to share, to innovate in the contemporary art creation. This is what SPAM! Is focused on!

Application Guidelines and Criteria:
The Call for residencies at SPAM! is open to the following applicants: contemporary performing dance and theatre Companies, groups, collectives and single artists from all over the world. We welcome application from music, video, media artists, Circus.

Application Deadlines: All year long for all 2014
Maximum duration is of 14 days.

Artists are free to choose the content, exact duration and modality of the residency.
At the end of each residency period, it is required to artists to present some results (final or studio presentation, open rehearsal) open to public attendance in one of the theatres belonging to the Network at the SPAM!. This possibility will offer Artists a real moment of performance in front of the audience. SPAM! Arts Direction reserves also its own faculty to discuss with artists the suitability of the presentation, to choose the most adapted Venues for each project, and to suggest further opportunities of performance in other theatres, venues and centres, in order to meet both the needs of artists and the local audience.

The space is 50 metres far from Porcari Railway Station, linking the town with Lucca, Prato and Firenze. Markets and supermarkets in the proximity.
Porcari is a small town 10 minutes far from Lucca, in the north part of Tuscany, in a fertile plain near the Tyrrhenian Sea. Among other reasons, Lucca is famous for its intact Renaissance-era city wall that have remained intact while so many other Tuscan towns saw theirs destroyed in past centuries. Lucca is located on a plain at the foot of the Apuan Alps and is less than half an hour from the Tuscan coast. Extraordinarily, as the city grew and modernized, the walls that surrounded the old town were maintained which was not the case for many other cities in Tuscany, including Florence. As the walls lost their military importance, the top of the walls became a pedestrian promenade, today one of the main attractions of Lucca. Lucca is also the birthplace of composers Giacomo Puccini (La Bohème and Madama Butterfly), Francesco Geminiani, Gioseffo Guami, and Luigi Boccherini.

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Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Performing Arts
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 2 weeks
Number of artists resident at one time

between 5 and 10

Companions allowed
  • Partners
  • Other

Please note, any guest´s companion should pay a contribution for the accommodation of € 17,00 per night

Grants available

Offered by Open SPAM!: accommodation, rehearsal space, technical assistance; whether is possible, SPAM! may provide a contribution as support for the production of contemporary works, which can be estimated on the basis of the project´s contents, number of artists involved, and resources available. Paid by Artist: travels and food; eventual extra requirements regarding tecnhics, material, scenic design and equipment. TECHNICAL RIDER REHERSAL SPACE WOODEN STAGE 12x10 mt (12CM HIGH) WITH BROWN LINOLEUM LIGHTS: n. 10 PC 1000W COMBI + n. 10 FLAGS + n. 10 GELFRAME n. 5 PC 1000W VARIO + n.5 FLAGS + n. 5 GELFRAME n. 4 PC 2000W COMBI + n. 4 FLAGS + n. 4 GELFRAME n. 2 PROFILE SPOT FIGURA ZS 1.2 KW n. 2 PROFILE SPOT FIGURA ZW 1.2 KW n. 10 PAR cp64 + 10 GELFRAME n. 12 RIBALTINE 300W SIMMETRICO con n. 12 porta gelatine n. 10 MINIIRIS (ASIMMETRIC) + n. 10 GELFRAME n. 10 PAR36 SPOTLIGHT 30W + n. 10 GELFRAME n. 40 ganci per fari n. 4 DIMMER pack ADB memopack n. 1 CONSOLLE ADB TANGO MI 1025 – 48 CHANNELS n. 1 DMX WIRE 20 mt n. 1 POWER PANEL 2x32a n. 2 DIRECT PANEL 16a n. 100 mt POWER WIRE 1C WITH VIMAR PLUGS n. 20 CONVERSION cee/vimar n. 12 SPLITTER 16A (1 MALE PLUG TO 2 FEMALE PLUG) n. 2 POWER WIRE 2C 20 mt n. 3 POWER WIRE 4C 25 mt n. 2 POWER WIRE 6C 20 mt n. 2 wind-up manfrotto 3.80 mt WITH WHEELS n. 2 wind-up desisti WITH WHEELS n. 2 HMI 400w n. 2 IRIS figura n. 2 portagobos AUDIO: n. 1 mixer audio Soundcraft/Spirit Folio lite - 12 ch n. 1 mixer audio Yamaha 01- 16 ch n. 2 active speakers db Mobile 110 – battery powered n. 2 active speakers Montarbo MT350 n. 2 active speakers Montarbo MT200 n. 2 active speakers hi-fi Warfedale E. Ninty 140 watt n. 2 active speakers audio hi-fi Altec 30+30 watt n. 2 active speakers audio hi-fi Pioneer 30+30 watt n. 1 power amplifier hi-fi Marantz PM 550 DC n. 1 power amplifier hi-fi Pioneer SA 508 n. 1 sound system dolby surround Kenwood KRF V5100D n. 10 audio wire jack and cannon 20 mt n. 1 mic Sennheiser e845s n. 2 radiomic Shure headset n. 1 piano ORLA Digital Piano Stage Partner n. 1 keyboard Emuxboard49 n. 1 keyboard Roland PC 160° n. 1 M-audio Midispot 4x4 n. 1 Sound Blaster Extigy n. 1 record player Pioneer PL-100x n. 30 stereo audio wire rca n. 16 conversion rca/cannon n. 2 audio speaker stands Warwick PA stand VIDEO: n. 1 cd /dvd player Samsung DVD R151 n. 2 cd/dvd player Panasonic DVD S27 n. 1 cd/dvd player innohit n. 2 super-vhs player Panasonic NVHS950 – hi-fi stereo n. 1 videoprojector Nec MT 1060 n.1 standard lens and n.1 1/1 lens n. 1 videoprojector Philips ProScreen 4750 Impact n. 3 vga wire da 25 mt n. 1 vga wire da 50 mt n. 1 frame for projection 300x225cm + 2 screens n. 1 frame for projection 200x100cm + 3 screens n. 1 frame for projection 100x100cm + 3 screens n. 1 retroprojection screen 400x300cm n. 1 videocamera Sony trv20 n. 1 videocamera Sony tr808e n. 1 camera stand Manfrotto #136 n. 1 ladder 2 mt n. 1 ladder 3 mt

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Housing
Application who/how

Application by Mail

Selection procedure

By Curator

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Private Studio

  • Shared Room
  • Shared Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Italian
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Films
  • Exhibitions

How to reach

By train

The space is 50 metres far from Porcari Railway Station, linking the town with Lucca, Prato and Firenze.

By plane

Arrivals at Pisa International airport or Firenze.

By car

Motorway A11 Florence-Pisa Nord
Exit at the paying toll of Capannori and follow to Porcari. Spam! is just behind the railway station

Nearest airport

Pisa, Florence

Contact information

Via Don Minzoni 34
55016 Porcari (LU)

Phone: +39 (0)583.975089
Fax: + 39 (0)583.572965

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