Bad Dante Bad English Bad Opera (Purgatorio I-IX)
Av: Spreafico Eckly & Matteo Fargion
Musikk: Matteo Fargion
Manus og regi: Andrea Sprefico
Produsenter: Speafico Eckly, Art & About
Koreografi, 5. canto: Timothy Bartlett, Miranda Mac Letten
Koreografi, 6. canto: Mirthe Bogaert, Karen Eide Børen
Lysdesign: Randiane Sandboe
Kostymer: Miranda Mac Letten
Musikere: Björn Guo, Stefan Penjin, Live Sunniva Smid
Medvirkende: Francesca Fargion, Matteo Fargion, Robert M. Johanson, Martha Macbean
With Bad Dante Bad English Bad Opera Andrea Spreafico and Matteo Fargion have done a new translation of Dante to (anti-academic) down-to-earth English. From a stripped-down stage, the first nine cantos in Purgatory from Dante's The Divine Comedy are presented.
In a smart and humorous way, human qualities such as confusion, tolerance, a sense of justice and imperfection are being explored. Four performers – with trained and untrained voices – and a string trio invite you to listen to Dante's work in a whole new way.
The Divine Comedy commented on the experience of limbo and the nostalgia for real life, and was a critique of dysfunctional states and raging societies. This may be just as relevant in 2022, and is now presented in a new form as Bad Dante Bad English Bad Opera.
Spreafico Eckly was established in 2013 in Bergen. The company often uses elements from the past to see the present in a new light. Their performances are intended as pauses in the constant flow of information we as humans receive, and as a way to reflect on the present. Matteo Fargion is a composer, performer and teacher. He has created four performances together with Spreafico Eckly since 2017.
Music: Matteo Fargion
Text, direction: Andrea Spreafico
Singers: Francesca Fargion, Matteo Fargion, Robert M. Johanson, Martha MacBean
Musicians: Björn Guo, Stefan Penjin, Live Sunniva Smidt
Light design: Randiane Sandboe
Sound Engineer: Tor Erik Eriksson
Costumes: Miranda Mac Letten
Choreography in Canto V: Timothy Bartlett, Miranda Mac Letten
Choreography in Canto VI: Mirte Bogaert, Karen Eide Bøen
Produced by: Spreafico Eckly, Art & About
Co-produced by: Rosendal Teater (Trondheim), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Bergen International Festival (Bergen), Carte Blanche (Bergen)
Supported by: Arts Council Norway, City of Bergen, The Audio and Visual Fond, Fritt Ord Foundation
Duration: 90 minutes