Songs Without Words

The Divina Commedia on the balletic stage.

An illustrated talk by Jane E. Everson, Professor Emerita of Italian Literature, Royal Holloway, University of London

In 2021 Aberdeen Italian Circle commemorates the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri.

25th March 2021 at 19:30 GMT on Zoom

A close reading of the Divina Commedia reveals just how sensitive Dante is to the ways in which movements convey character and emotion – pointless and futile in Inferno; full of hope in Purgatorio; joyful and celebratory in Paradiso. But while episodes from the Comedy have frequently been interpreted in drama and the cinema, Dante’s poem was not translated into dance until halfway through the twentieth century, and to date only three significant ballets have been inspired by it: Frederick Ashton’s Dante Sonata; Ronald Tice’s Inferno; and Wayne McGregor’s Dante Project. This talk will examine these ballets and compare their differing interpretations.

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