Tacita Dean: The Dante Project

Palais Garnier, Paris

29 April–31 May 2023

Ballet in three acts

After Dante Alighieri, La Divine Comédie


After premiering at London’s Royal Opera House in October 2021, The Dante Project will now open at the Palais Garnier in Paris in April 2023 with set and costume design by Tacita Dean. Set to an orchestral score by Thomas Adès, British choreographer Wayne McGregor presents a three‑act ballet inspired by the alternately chilling and sunlit landscapes of the Divine Comedy. Written by Dante Alighieri in the 14th century, this seminal work of Italian poetry recounts an initiatory journey through Hell, Purgatory and Paradise. McGregor brings this story to life through dance: a young woman, Beatrice, embodies a promise of love and hope as the choreographer reconstructs a narrative arc that takes the audience on a journey where sound, movement and light form the substance of a mysterious and changing constellation.



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Creative team


Thomas Adès



Gustavo Dudamel (3, 4, 5, 6 May 2023)

Thomas Adès



Wayne McGregor



Uzma Hameed


Set design and Costume design:

Tacita Dean


Lighting design:

Lucy Carter

Simon Bennison


Chorus master:

Ching-Lien Wu


Dancers of l’Opéra National de Paris

Orchestra and Choir of l’Opéra National de Paris

Coproduction Opéra National de Paris and Royal Opera House, London



Image: Artists of the Royal Ballet in The Dante Project, The Royal Ballet. Photo: Andrej Uspenski
29 Apr 2023