Alessandro Schiattarella | Altrove
Where:Polski Theatre - Świebodzki Stage, Orląt Lwowskich Square 20c
Born in Naples, but currently based in Switzerland, this dancer and choreographer has made his neuromuscular disease inspiration for his own artistic work. He investigates on stage how to translate his disability into something valuable.
Born in 1982, Alessandro Schiattarella – an Italian-Swiss contemporary dancer – graduated from the Rudra Béjart School. He has collaborated with dance groups as a freelancer and has also given solo performances. In his original work he focuses on the topic of “less-visible disability”.
When he was 15 he was diagnosed with the neuromuscular disorder Hirayama disease (a type of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), which gradually weakened his arms. This, however, did not stop him from developing his dancing career in renowned international groups, such as the Béjart Ballet in Lausanne, the Ballet du Grand Théâtre, the East West Theater Company in Sarajevo or the Scapino Ballet in Rotterdam. In 2015 he was awarded a prize at the Choreographic Captures Competition for his video choreography entitled Mani-Cure.
The show Altrove is a solo project in which Alessandro investigates the subject of being a professional dancer and at the same time a man suffering from a rare type of myopathy. In 2017 he was invited to the prestigious European network AEROWAVES. The title Altrove (“elsewhere” in Italian) is a place of confrontation, dialogue, and play, where otherness becomes inspiration. In this mysterious “elsewhere” objects and limbs do not function the way they were “designed” to function. Starting from his autobiographical experience of disability, the dancer looks for ways to hide otherness, to confront it, and finally, to accept it in oneself.
This is how Schiattarella himself describes the solo: It all begins with a lizard`s body on a wall, its moves are minimal. A question arises: how to hide oneself from a judgmental look when being completely exposed? Giving up this idea, the dancer confronts himself with his alter ego – the reflection of a stronger, more physically fit person he sees in himself. His shadows seem alive, they take control, they move by themselves, creating a shelter or cage for the dancer: how to escape from them? Perhaps the best solution would be the upside down position; this newly discovered and different point of view gives greater freedom. Then the need to hide is not longer a problem.
The performance was co-produced with ROXY Birsfelden.
Alessandro Schiattarelli`s performance at Brave Festival is possible thanks to the support of Pro Helvetia, Schweizer Kulturstiftung.