November 2016 — Theatre
Dancer and choreographer Alessandro Schiattarella returns to South Africa after six years to participated at the Unmute Artsability Festival in Cape Town, as part of his residency. Schiattarella first travelled to SA as part of an East West Theater Company Sarajevo production in 2010.
Schiattarella would like to meet, share practices and interact with local peers, searching for new choreographic approaches and creative ‘answers’ on the theme of diversity. “As an international director of plays and musical performances, I want to expand my professional relationships in the Southern African area – more specifically, interchange and share experiences,” he says.
Schiattarella’s current research interest includes disability issues, inter-cultural perspectives and social inclusivity. He would like to explore these themes with local collaborators by means of discussions and teaching, during the festival. The Basel native began his career as a professional dancer in 2002 and has worked with acclaimed dance companies such as Bejart Ballet Lausanne, Ballet Du Grand Théâtre de Genève and Ballet Basel among others.