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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: There’s no a deadline
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 Programme since: 2011
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: 1993
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 2
Number of studios: 1
Number of artists in residence at one time: N/A
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Shared Room
Shared Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Performing Arts
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Partners
  • Application process: Postal application
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    Selection process: By curator
    Setting: N/A
    Nearest Airport: Pisa, Florence
    Nearest Train Station: Porcari, Lucca, Prato.
    How to reach by plane: Arrivals at Pisa International airport or Firenze.
    How to reach by train: The space is 50 metres far from Porcari Railway Station, linking the town with Lucca, Prato and Firenze.
    How to reach by car: Motorway A11 Florence-Pisa NordExit at the paying toll of Capannori and follow to Porcari. Spam! is just behind the railway station
    Street & Number: Via Don Minzoni 34
    Postal Code: 55016
    City: Porcari (LU)
    Country long: Italy
    Via Don Minzoni 34
    Porcari (LU) 55016 Italy
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