An intricate forest, swamps and rivers with dark, stagnant water, caves, mud and stones, rains of fire, boiling blood. The landscape described by Dante Alighieri’s verses takes shape and body in the choreography Dante Solo Inferno, created by Monica Casadei for the Compagnia Artemis Danza and inspired by the first cantica of the Commedia.
Choreography Monica Casadei
Music Franz Liszt, Giuseppe Verdi, Alfred Schnittke, Krzysztof Penderecki
Musical arrangements Luca Vianini
Production Compagnia Artemis Danza
In partnership with Ravenna Festival
In this performance, conceived to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the Poet’s death, the dancers redraw the contours of an inhospitable land, where torments of the damned serve their sentence. The choreographic movements become a mirror of the torment, the bodies are shaped in torsions, syncopes, contractures, insoluble weaves. And yet, as in Dante’s Inferno, there are traces of a decayed humanity, souls that preserve memory of themselves and their past, individualities that emerge like spots of colour in the indistinct magma, out of a desire to tell the outside observer about their lives before death.
Some of them cross the stage still wearing their worn-out earthly clothes, remnants of a nobility that is no longer worth anything, where everyone is equal. Others take shape through the reading of Dante’s verses. Paolo and Francesca da Rimini, Pier Della Vigna in the forest of suicides, Tiresia, Ulysses, Minos… characters that Monica Casadei chooses to investigate the human soul, in a path that from the awareness of sin goes beyond condemnation, towards compassion and acceptance of human nature. There is no lack of moments of sacredness, such as a dance by dervishes in their ample red robes, spinning moved by the wind.
Music contributes to making the journey even more intense: Franz Liszt’s Dante-Symphonie, inspired by the composer’s reading of Dante’s Commedia, and Lacrymosa from Giuseppe Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, meet pages by contemporary composers such as Alfred Schnittke and Krzysztof Penderecki, and the sound atmospheres of Luca Vianini.
Dante Solo Inferno is a constantly evolving journey, part of a wider project of exploration by Monica Casadei of Dante’s Inferno, which has also taken shape in her creations Ombre and Frammenti di Inferno.
Originally from Ferrara, Monica Casadei graduates in philosophy cum laude writing a dissertation on dance in Plato’s system. After a career as a professional acrobatic gymnast, she takes to studying classic and modern dance, at first in Italy, then in London, and eventually in Paris where she gets to meet choreographers Pierre Doussaint and Isabelle Doubouloz and the Master André Cognard Hanshi So shihan, with whom she still practices the martial art of Aikido.
In France, she founds the company Artemis Danza, with which she later moves to Italy, in 1997, giving birth to a fervent production activity that amounts, nowadays, to over 40 original creations.
From 1998 to 2007, the Company is part of an artist residency at Fondazione Teatro Due in Parma whereas, from 2014 up to this day, it partakes in an artist residency at Teatro Comunale in Bologna. Artemis Danza has been invited to the most important Italian theatres and festivals and to several international tours and festivals.
Pivotal elements in Monica Casadei’ s artistic research are the influences from different artistic, cultural and geographic fields and the exploration of urban spaces and places that turn into stages for performances.
Alongside the production activity, Artemis funds, produces and promotes young choreographers and organizes several activities meant to artistically educate the audience.
Full price: 3 euro
Under 6: free
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