Royal Opera House: Ballet Encore: The Dante Project
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Approximate running time: about 3 hoursChoreography Wayne McGregorMusic Thomas AdsDesign Tacita DeanLighting design (part one) Lucy Carter, Simon BennisonLighting design (parts two and three) Lucy CarterDramaturg Uzma HameedConductor Koen KesselsDantes Divine Comedy is an epic journey through the afterlife: it encompasses the horrifying drama of Inferno and its damned, the lyrical mysticism of pilgrims on mount Purgatorio and the dazzling spheres of Paradiso with their endless configurations of light. The poem was inspired by the agony of Dantes own exile, and traces his path from crisis to revelation guided by his literary hero Virgil and his lost love Beatrice. In this new work, The Royal Ballets trailblazing Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor collaborates with an award-winning team - contemporary composer Thomas Ads, artist Tacita Dean, lighting designer Lucy Carter and dramaturg Uzma Hameed - to bring us closer to Dante and his extraordinary vision.
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