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25 May - 08 June 2022

Bad Dante Bad English Bad Opera

Purgatorio I–IX

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Theatre Opera
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​Playful chamber opera about the waiting souls of purgatory.

Bad Dante Bad English Bad Opera is a new version of Dante's classic Purgatory from The Divine Comedy. The strict verse form from the original Italian version has been maintained, but the text has been rewritten into anti-academic "street language" English.

From a stripped-down stage, four singers / actors and three string players present the first nine cantos of Purgatory: Antepurgatorio. Here, in transit between hell and paradise, Dante meets the souls who are waiting to atone for their sins. Human emotions such as imperfection, justice, confusion, and tolerance are explored in a smart, refreshing, and humorous way.

The chamber opera Bad Dante Bad English Bad Opera is created by Spreafico Eckly, the Bergen-based production company of writer and theatre director Andrea Spreafico, and composer and artist Matteo Fargion.

'Who would have thought that purgatory could be low-key, funny and beautiful?' – NORSK SHAKESPEARETIDSSKRIFT

Photo: Arne Hauge

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Duration

​1h 30 min

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Contributors

    • ​By Spreafico Eckly & Matteo Fargion
    • Matteo Fargion music
    • Andrea Sprefico text, direction
    • Spreafico Eckly and Art & About producers
    • Timothy Bartlett, Miranda Mac Letten choreography Canto V
    • Mirthe Bogaert, Karen Eide Børen choreography Canto VI
    • Randiane Sandboe light design
    • Miranda Mac Letten costumes
    • Björn Guo. Stefan Penjin og Live Sunniva Smid musicians
    • Francesca Fargion, Matteo Fargion, Robert M. Johanson, Martha Macbean cast

Co-production with

​BIT Teatergarasjen, Rosendal Teater, Carte Blanche and Bergen International Festival

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