Interview: Andrea Altavilla
Luca Curci talks with Andrea Altavilla during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space and Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Andrea Altavilla, born in South Italy in 1998, focused on acting from a young age. Moving to London in 2017 led to the exploration of new environments and forms of artistic expression such as Performance Art and Contemporary Theatre. The fascination for these new worlds led Andrea to begin his studies in Theatre and Performance at UAL, in 2019. During this time, Andrea took the role of director, choreographer, performer, set designer (taking interest in lighting and costume as well). Thus, forming a multi-disciplinary artist. Andrea’s work focuses on theatre, dance and research of movement. He combines each of these areas, focusing on the sensual, the dynamic, the storytelling. This leaves Andrea with an ability to bring atmosphere, sometimes controversy, but ultimately, excellence to the stage. Leaving the public enchanted by each performance.
Luca Curci – Which subject are you working on?
Andrea Altavilla – I’m currently working on contemporary theatre and performance, focusing my skills on directing and movement/choreography. I’m also interested in exploring other mediums such as cinema and painting with the hopes of bringing these skills to the same level as the ones currently in practice.
LC – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
AA – My first approach to theatre and the stage started from a really young age. Working in theatre environments and getting close to people working in the field led me to gain more experience and to learn new skills. Moving to London gave me the artistic space to evolve my current practice, exploring the world of performance art within their scene.
LC – What is your creative process like?
AA – I don’t have a specific process. Most of the time I get ideas and I start developing projects based on those constructs. I would say, I always start with a concept, studying and exploring it, following a creative trajectory in order to reach the final manifestation.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
AA – I never had a specific style although I consider myself a contemporary and abstract artist. I continue to explore new styles, changes in mindset and the way I view art as well as further expand and develop my interests. I’ve changed many opinions in regards to style and work through the opportunities my university course provided, given its openness to different theatrical styles.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
AA – I tend not to focus on one specific theme, I explore new themes with each new project or collaboration. However, in the past year, I focused my artworks closely on themes of neoclassicism/classicism as they are of current interest.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
AA – My artwork presented in THE BODY LANGUAGE 2021 is connected to the theme through the exploration of the body in regards to its usage as a visual tool. I’m sure that with the beauty of Venice and the galleries it would have been fantastic to perform live.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
AA – ‘NARCISO’ is a contemporary interpretation of the Greek mythological story ‘Narciso’, which explores the three stages of narcissism depicted within the text; vanity, ecstasy and tragedy. Using the body as means of expression, each movement, gesture and physical articulation conveys the dynamic of the character’s feelings, changing throughout his own exploration of narcissism.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
AA – Although we’re facing challenging times, the team behind ITSLIQUID brought the event to life through great organization and communication with the artists. I received great support in bringing my work to the exhibition and further being offered to perform the piece live. Unfortunately due to enabling circumstances, I was not in the position to do so but was gratified by the proposal.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
AA – I would of course suggest a collaboration with ITSLIQUID. Although I wasn’t able to attend the event physically, the online services were great and worked smoothly.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
AA – I think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for emerging artists to gain exposure to the artistic field as the platform is internationally recognized. It gives the space for international artists around the world to present their works to a wide range of audiences.