“Danxte”, an innovative theatrical event on November 11 in the Sala d’Arme of Palazzo Vecchio

The maverick show is directed by Pietro Bartolini with dramaturgy by Alberto Severi

Nonconformist and “contemporary”: this is the homage to Dante ideated by director Pietro Bartolini and playwright Alberto Severi, produced by the Cultural Center of Theater and the young actors of the Theater Academy of Florence, staged in the Sala d’Arme of Palazzo Vecchio at 8.15pm on Thursday November 11.

“Danxte” is curated by Pietro Bartolini and is a show-project launched in 2020 that experiments with a new type of performance featuring innovative and experimental languages ​​to explore the works of the Supreme Poet through new technologies with the support of university research centers.

The initiative is part of a larger event supported by the cultural administration of the Municipality of Florence and by the Dante Celebrations Committee titled: “Dante 2021, le cose tutte hanno ordine tra loro” by the Associazione Culter, Compagnia Virgilio Sieni and the Centro Culturale di Theater. Through the body, voice and new technologies, Dante’s verses come back to life, enhancing centuries-old words that are still capable of incredibly current narratives where the imaginary world seems to be the most powerful means to understanding the real one.

The recurrent theme of the “Danxte” project is the relationship between Dante and Beatrice from Dante’s masterpieces. The writing of the text of the show was entrusted to the playwright and journalist Alberto Severi who created an original and previously unpublished text: “Mi illumino di Dante”.

It’s an “incorrect” Dante in that it’s unconventional and uses holy prayer cards in a tepid and somewhat sensual domestic hell relived in the teenage bedroom of the fifteen-year-old “Maicol”, who fell in love via the web with a young Beatrice who is ethereal and a little mocking brought about by the times of Covid, remote teaching, and the nagging of her mother.

The text by Alberto Severi is punctuated by extensive quotations from the Comedy. The director Pietro Bartolini probes the potential of a virtual scenography enhanced by the multiscreen in the Sala d’Arme of Palazzo Vecchio, and short-circuits the eccentric and non-compliant Dante’s hypotheses. The dream-reality inversion, the alleged narcolepsy of the poet, ambivalence, and erotic elements that are by no means chaste and angelic are his amorous inspiration.

Among so many “astral” bodies, incorporeal voices feature off screen and give virtual appearances on stage such as Dante-Maicol and Bea-Beatrice, played by two young and promising student actors of Florence’s Theatre Academy: Rebecca Rossini and Filippo Barzanti are flanked by other interpreters of the company, Claudia Bartolini, Rebecca Corsini, Franco Ignesti, Luigi Marasco, Costanza Salvini, Lorenzo Pesce, Francesco Giuliani, Filippo Nobile and Paolo Varone Kagel.

The video projections and virtual sets are created by Bartolini with additional elements and make-up by the artist and set designer Tiziana Acomanni, with the assistance and technical support of the Geco Laboratory (Dicea, Unifi) directed by Professor Grazia Tucci of the Università degli studi di Firenze. The sound is created by the staff of the company with the collaboration of Marina Tanaka, researcher at the Scuola Sant’Anna in Pisa.

The organization of the event is curated by Ludovica Sanalitro.

Limited places, free admission upon reservation and presentation of Green Pass: info: segreteria.accademiateatrale@gmail.com