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NAO – Nuovi Autori Oggi is a two-years project  (2010-2011) aiming to foster young artists in the process of creating multimedia works.

NAO wants to support young authors by providing them with rehearsing studios, technical equipment and tutorial assistance, as well as promoting their work in venues abroad.
The project is conceived and directed by Ariella Vidach – AiEP cultural association, which has been active for the past twenty years in the field of interactive performances and is now interested in sharing its own interdisciplinary knowhow with new generations of artists.

NAO in numbers (2010 and 2011):

60 selected artistis (NAO & TEC ART ECO)

4 new works supported by NAO – RESIDENCY PROGRAM

18 new works with logistical, technical, tutorial support

7 workshops on choreography

8 workshops on interactive technologies

5 days self managed by authors

1500 persons @ NAO PERFORMING FESTIVAL with 6 events, 9 performances, 4 installations, 2 meetings on young creations


During 2010, a board  has selected 38 young authors (dancers and choreographers, musicians and video makers, photographers …) European and non-European and bestowed them with several opportunities for meeting and exchanging, as well as with workshops run by internationally reknown choreographers (Ime Essien -Hassel, David Hernandez, Ted Stoffer, Inaki Azpillaga – Ultima Vez, Yuval Pick – the Guest Company), lectures, happenings, space where to study and to share ideas.

Selected artists could attend the activities for free, could take advantage of the tutorial support and the studios in Milan and Ispra.

Ariella Vidach – AiEP  backed up constantly the artists involved, encouraged 4 new artistic works with residency programs and gave funds to 18 projects for their production. Read about the projects sponsored by NAO.

The residency project is closely related to the NAO PERFORMING FESTIVAL, held for two years in December at DiDstudio in Milan  as an opportunity for discussion and presentation of new authors.


Project designed by

Associazione Ariella Vidach – AiEP (Milan)

Art Directors: Ariella Vidach, Claudio Prati

Project Manager: Anna Cavalleri

Administration: Maura di Vietri

Graphic Design: EKIDNA DESIGN BUREAU (Biondi, Soldarini)

Web: EKIDNA DESIGN BUREAU (Biondi, Guerra)


Associazione Culturale Lifework / Ispra

Supported by

Fondazione Cariplo

In collaboration with

Comune di Milano – Settore Tempo Libero

GAI – Associazione per il circuito dei Giovani Artisti Italiani

Associazione Sinapsi / Abbiategrasso

Associazione culturale Proscaenium / Gallarate