BENGALURU: Directed by Italian director Anna Dora Dorno, Dante’s Beyond Borders is an experimental theater and dance performance. Co-produced in partnership with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Mumbai, it was born from the collaboration between the Italian theater company Instabili Vaganti and the Indian association Ahum Trust. It is inspired by the Divine Comedy of the Italian poet Dante Alighieri, on the occasion of the 700th anniversary of his death.
Considered one of the greatest works in world literature, the poem, written in the first person, chronicles Dante’s journey through the three realms of the dead – hell, purgatory and heaven.
The performance explores different artistic languages: experimental theater, dance, cinema, video art, electronic music in order to take the viewer on Dante’s supernatural journey.
Performed by Anna Dora Dorno, Nicola Pianzola and Anuradha Venkataraman, the play is in English and old Italian. The sounds of Dante’s ancient Italian language meet the mudras and gestures of the Bharatanatyam dance, accompanied by contemporary electronic soundscapes, originally composed by Oscar-winning Italian musician Riccardo Nanni.
The performance aims to explore the many links between Dante’s work and Indian culture, from an iconographic, philosophical and theological perspective. âBeyond Dante’s Borders stems from the long and unexpected lockdown, where innovation and the struggle to keep up with artistic and cultural collaborations were sometimes mixed with weak feelings.
Finally, here we are ready to attend the show on stage, celebrating the power of art and the absolute beauty of the real and deep exchanges between cultures, here Italian and Indian â, declared the director of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura. Francesca Amendola. ‘Dante Beyond Borders’ will be presented at Ranga Shankara from November 30 to December 1.