Director Chrysanthi Avloniti got invited as a resident artist at Altofest 2019 in Naples (Italy) to rework an older project with the performer Anna Kritikou. In this residency they explored the experience of women in the 21st century whose gender is exploited and objectified and where the female body became a strong and effective marketing tool. The result of this residency was a public presentation of a new performance. During the residency Naples’ citizens opened their houses, welcoming national and international artists into their private spaces, where each artist re-qualified his work with and in relation to the citizen’s daily lived experience. The residency was followed by public performances and Q&A sessions. Altofest is an opportunity to showcase work to diverse local, regional, national and international audiences.
The fact that the festival has its own audience and we weren’t asked to spend time promoting it and also the fact that we were financially supported by i-Portunus allowed us to really concentrate on the work and use beneficially the time of the residency.