Autumn Trilogy 2020: the Dance, the Word, and the Singing
From 6 to 13 November at the Alighieri Theatre and the Palazzo Mauro De André

The 31st edition of the Ravenna Festival is back in November with the Autumn Trilogy: in the year of the celebration of the 7th centenary of Dante’s death in Ravenna, the Trilogy pays tribute to the Poet; after all the Festival, since its very first editions, has always been able to draw inspiration from the life and works of Dante, delving into their relationship with the performing arts. This year the Trilogy cannot be but out of the ordinary, for both its Dantesque features and the exceptional context – which owes to the Covid-19 health emergency regulations. The “triptych” format is embodied by the three artistic languages – dance, the poetic word, and the singing – of two new productions.

Metànoia (6, 8, 10, 12, 13 November at the Alighieri Theatre), a world premiere commissioned by the Festival, sees international ballet icon Sergei Polunin led by Dante from Hell to Paradise, presenting his own personal meditation on the Commedia. Dante and Polunin, rebellious and stateless poets looking for a lost home, discover their own paradise through art and creativity, for “poca favilla gran fiamma seconda”(Paradiso I, 34), or “great fire can follow a spark” and illuminate the world. Hence Metànoia is also a story of transfiguration: the Greek word describes, in theology, the conversion, the complete transformation of thoughts, words, and actions which can befall those who have never followed any spiritual path, but also the fallen souls; in Jung’s psychology, metanoia is the spontaneous self-healing of the soul, the achievement of an equilibrium throughout a crisis. The event is the answer of a contemporary artist to a world classic, an invitation to travel into the depths of our selves. Three musicians take turns on the stage, for a three-fold creation between Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso.

Dal ciel sino all’inferno (7, 11 November at the Palazzo Mauro De André) is a brand new visionary staging of two Faust, Goethe’s and Robert Schumann’s (Scenes from Goethe’s Faust), in the dramaturgical and musical adaptation curated by director Luca Micheletti and conductor Antonio Greco. Faust is, together with Dante (as the author and the main character of the Commedia), among the greatest explorers of the borders of the world and the human nature. The main character of a rich and varied tale, which originated in the late German Middle-Ages, Faust gained universal appeal through Johann Wolfgang Goethe’s writings, and his journey between Heaven and Hell thus became even more Dantesque: together with his diabolical companion, Faust experiences the powers of the evil, and then the redemption with the help of a beloved woman who leads him to the salvation and the light of the Paradise. Schumann’s unfinished secular oratorio, proposed as a reasoned selection from the Italian translation by Vittorio Radicati (the composer’s son-in-law), which provided the basis for the Italian debut in 1895, meets scenes of Goethe’s poem, performed in the 18th-century Italian translation by Andrea Maffei. A “Faustian rhapsody” which complies with Goethe’s invitation to think of the theatre like the sole place in the world where it is possibile to cross the universe «at cautious speed…from heaven to hell».

Alighieri Theatre
Friday 6 November
Sunday 8 November
Tuesday 10 November
Thursday 12 November
Friday 13 November
Metànoia
by and with Sergei Polunin

Palazzo Mauro De André
Saturday 7 November
Wednesday 11 November
Dal ciel sino all’inferno
scenes from the tragedy by Johann Wolfgang Goethe (Faust I und II)
music by Robert Schumann (Szenen aus Goethes Faust, a selection from the opera)


Information on the tickets and the pre-sales will be available in mid-September, in compliance with the update of the regulations concerning the health emergency.
The Ticket Office of the Alighieri Theatre is closed from 1 to 31 August; it will open again on 1 September.