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The Dante Project (Inferno): Set Design by Tacita Dean. The Music Center, Los Angeles

Posted 2 July 2019

The Dante Project (Inferno)
The Music Center, Los Angeles
12-13 July 2019
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In his new work, The Royal Ballet's Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor creates a world premiere in collaboration with an award-winning team - contemporary conductor-composer Thomas Adès, artist Tacita Dean, lighting designer Lucy Carter and dramaturg Uzma Hameed - to bring us closer to Dante Alighieri and his extraordinary vision.

Dante's 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 Dante's own exile, and traces his path from crisis to revelation guided by his literary hero Virgil and his lost love Beatrice.

Image: Tacita Dean, Postcard Sketch (mountains), 2007. Collage of found postcards. Height variable, length 60.5cm. Detail

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The Dante Project (Inferno): Set Design by Tacita Dean. The Music Center, Los Angeles