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Research Community – Co.R


The Research Community (Co.R) is a space for ongoing interdisciplinary reflection and research. 

Within the framework of the Co.R, authors, researchers and scholars, bearers of  multiple perspectives and competences, are invited to share thinking practices and to animate spaces of discussion. The aim is to process and translate into a shared discourse the aesthetic, poetic and political questions raised by the fest.

The Co.R activities experiment with possible grafts between artistic creation and theoretical knowledge, generating opportunities for collaboration and discussion between artists and researchers.

The practices of the Co.R engage with the communicative and linguistic breach that opens up through the encounter between the languages of specialists and the questions raised by the heterogeneous communities of citizens and artists gathered by Altofest.

The paths and activities of the Co.R settle in different formats, producing multiple literary, discursive, visual traces. 

Thus the path of a choral discourse emerges and evolves together with Altofest.

Structurally connected to Altofest and conceived as the space where the weave of issues and experiences generated by the fest is translated into discourse,  the Co.R is coordinated by Loretta Mesiti, dramaturg of Altofest.


The Journal curated by Silvia Mei outlines an aesthetic-theoretical guide for the Community of the Fest. The Journal accompanies the journey through Altofest, soliciting multiple reading and reflection paths.

The Agorà moderated by Dario Gentili and Gisella Orsini is an Open Assembly bringing together the artists in residence and their hosts, the Space Donors. They are invited to exchange and reflect on the experience of “cohabitation” shared during the residency, responding to theoretical inputs offered by  Co.R members. The conversation is open and broadcast on Radio Leib.

The Voice Over are conversations between the artists, jointly animated by the Co.R members and based on an analysis of the aesthetic elements of the performances featured in the programme. The conversations are held at the Valletta Design Cluster. During a collective picnic, the Altofest community gathers to share with the artists the aesthetic reflections raised by their work.  The conversation is open and broadcast on Radio Leib.

Participatory Iconography In the run-up to Altofest Valletta 2022, photographer Valentina Quintano meets the citizens, who are part of the project as Space Donors and creates with them a series of photographic portraits. The pictures take the form of a postcard that each citizen send to invite friends and family to Altofest (link to text and photos).

Created in the framework of a dialogic and participatory process involving the photographer and the space donors, the Photoserie reveals the latent imagery that inhabits their everyday life.


Dario Gentili teaches Moral Philosophy at the University of Roma Tre. He obtained his PhD in Ethics and Political-Judicial Philosophy at the University of Salerno; in 2009-2010 he held a post-doctoral fellowship in Philosophy and History of Ideas at Sum (Italian Institute of Human Sciences); in 2011-2012 he held a DAAD post-doctoral fellowship at the Walter Benjamin Archiv in Berlin; in 2013-2014 he was a research fellow at Sum/Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa; in 2014 he was a visiting researcher at the Heinrich-Heine-Universität-Düsseldorf. He works on contemporary Italian thought, analysis of spatial dispositifs in Western political, legal and architectural thought, and conceptions of crisis in the political and economic spheres. He is the author of essays and articles published in several languages. He has written the following monographies : Il tempo della storia. Le tesi “sul concetto di storia” di Walter Benjamin (2002; 2019); Topografie politiche. Spazio urbano, cittadinanza, confini in Walter Benjamin e Jacques Derrida (2009); Italian Theory. Dall’operaismo alla biopolitica (2012); Crisi come arte di governo, Quodlibet, Macerata 2018, II ed. 2022 (translated into German and English).

Silvia Mei is a lecturer at the Department of Humanistic Studies at the University of Foggia, where she teaches ‘History of Theatre’ and ‘History and Didactics of Music and Dance’. She has taught at the Department of Arts of the University of Bologna and the FISPPA of the University of Padua. She directs “Culture Teatrali”, for which she edited in 2015 the monograph La terza avanguardia. Ortografie dell’ultima scena italiana. Her historical research focuses on the history of actresses between the 19th and 20th centuries, and on the forms of “irregular” theatre in late-19th-century Paris. She also works on theatre iconography, aesthetics of the contemporary scene and photography for the theatre. Author of several essays and articles in Italian, French, English and Spanish, she has recently published Dramaturgie dello sguardo (Edizioni di Pagina, 2020). In 2018 appeared her first monograph: Essere artista. Eleonora Duse and Yvette Guilbert: storia di un’amicizia (Editoria e Spettacolo).

Loretta Mesiti is a writer and dramaturg. She curates collaborative writing processes and formats of discussion, exploring the thoughts aroused by artistic creation processes In the frame of the long-standing dialogue with TeatrInGestAzione she curated the dramaturgy of Altofest –  International Contemporary Live Arts; Alto Fragile-Corpi Esposti all’Opera; avVento – a platform for the artistic exploration of contemporary founding myths; DE RI VA, a group of permanent research starting from Guy Debord`s La Société du Spectacle by. With La Sindrome di Elettra she won the Scriptwriting-Award Oltreparola – as best author under 30 in 2009. Among her projects as dramaturg, the performance Blickakte. Betrachtungen aus der Ferne, directed by Daniel Schauf, won the jury prize “Was heißt hier fremd” (What is here stranger) at Theater Drachengasse in Vienna in 2012. Among her literary works, the poetic collection Geologhemi was honored with the special mention by the jury of the Lorenzo Montano award for poetry in 2017. 

Dr Gisella Orsini is a lecturer and the Head of the Department of Anthropological Sciences at the University of Malta (UOM). She is a Research Associate of the Mediterranean Institute (UOM), a board member of the Platform for Multicultural Organisations (UOM), and a board member of the Women’s Rights Foundation – Malta. She obtained her PhD from the University of Malta with a thesis on eating disorders in Malta and Italy. Her research interests include gender and health, medical anthropology, body and culture.

Giulio Sonno is dramaturg, art consultant, cultural mediator. 

He works for theatre, educational and social projects. Over the years he has developed a transdisciplinary approach focused on the creation of projects and practices of relationship (collaboration, co-creation, networking), mainly among artists or artistic directors. 

He runs workshops on sensorial perception and associative thinking; fosters and mentors theatre/dance companies; occasionally translates into/from Eurozone languages for special projects. He also used to work as a theatre critic, editor in chief, writer, conferences’ moderator, but he’s done with it.

The Research Community (Co.R) is a permanent space of reflection and interdisciplinary research, structurally connected with Altofest, coordinated by Loretta Mesiti.

In the frame of the Co.R artists, researchers and scholars, bringing multiple perspectives and competencies, collaborate for the creation of “practices of reflection” and discussion spaces, with the aim to elaborate the aesthetic, poetic and political questions raised by the fest.

Thus the path of a choral discourse emerges and evolves together with Altofest.

The activities of the Research Community involve the Altofest´s community and are recorded in different text formats that are going to preserve the memory of the experiences, processes and relationships generated by Altofest.

Starting from this Ninth Edition, the Co.R develops and gives continuity to the work of the Critique Panel, that accompanied Altofest from 2012 to 2021.


The Journal

Conceived as an aesthetic guide that combines the theoretical approach with the programmed artistic proposals.

Altofest Naples 2022

Previous editions:

Voice Over

Conversations with the artists curated by Rosa Coppola.
The conversations will be held at the Mental Health Center at via Santa Maria Antesaecula in the heart of the Sanità district. During a collective picnic, the Fest community will gather to listen to the aesthetic reflections that the artists will raise, analysing their work.  The conversation is open and broadcast via web radio.


Open Assembly with the Altofest community.