from the Tomb of Dante to the garden of the Rasi Theatre at 8 pm

Marco Martinelli and Ermanna Montanari / Teatro delle Albe

Public Call for Dante Alighieri’s Divina Commedia
concept, artistic direction, and direction Marco Martinelli and Ermanna Montanari

on stage Ermanna Montanari, Marco Martinelli, Alessandro Argnani, Luigi Dadina, Roberto Magnani, Laura Redaelli, Alessandro Renda, Matteo Gatta, Mirella Mastronardi, Marco Montanari, Gianni Plazzi, Massimiliano Rassu and the citizens of the Public Call
music Luigi Ceccarelli
in collaboration with Giacomo Piermatti (double bass), Vincenzo Core (guitar and electronics), the students of the school of Electronic Music and Percussions of the Conservatorio Statale di Musica Ottorino Respighi Latina and with the participation of Simone Marzocchi
set and costume design students of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera Milano-School of Set and Costume Design coordinated by Edoardo Sanchi and Paola Giorgi
in collaboration with Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera Milano-School of Set Design
sound direction Marco Olivieri
lighting design Fabio Sajiz

coproduction Ravenna Festival/Alighieri Theatre and Fondazione Matera-Basilicata 2019
in collaboration with Teatro delle Albe/Ravenna Teatro

Purgatorio is the second part of the project LA DIVINA COMMEDIA: 2017-2021 by Marco Martinelli and Ermanna Montanari, commissioned by Ravenna Festival as a co-production with Teatro Alighieri, Ravenna Teatro/Teatro delle Albe

Purgatorio is an itinerant show (the number of spectators for each performance is limited), starting from the Tomb of Dante to reach and go through all the areas of the Rasi Theatre. The duration is about three hours. We suggest the audience to wear comfortable clothes and shoes and bring a water bottle.

Purgatorio deals with starting again. Is it possible to start again? Is it possible to smile again, when your heart is stricken with anguish and almost fails? Of course it is. It’s like going back to school to learn a new language. After going through the whole catalogue of sins and horrors, after gazing into the dark abyss of evil, an evil that was part of us, we now start learning the language of compassion. The dark night gives way to a blue sky. At once learners and teachers, repentant sinners join Dante and his readers on the way to a new life. Purgatorio is the cantica where “we” is the subject, where choirs joyously sing of their happiness in ascending the Mountain together. “Can you not see that we are worms, / Born to become an angelic butterfly?”
Marco Martinelli and Ermanna Montanari