He is the poet who went to hell and back: this year marks the 750th anniversary of the birth of Dante Alighieri. European literature today is still based on his masterpiece, the “Divine Comedy”. In three parts, Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise, this work describes a poetic adventure without parallel. The author gets lost in dark forest in Good Friday in the year 1300, and finds himself in the realm of the dead, where the ancient poet Virgil takes him by the hand through hell, purgatory, and finally into the celestial spheres.
This reading will focus on the first part of the colossal work, Inferno, which also inspired several productions at this year’s Ruhrtriennale. The three actors Thomas Anzenhofer, Jele Brückner and Michael Lippold, well known in the Ruhr region, encounter heroes of world literature like Homer and Aristotle, all of whom in hell, famous figures like Cleopatra, Odysseus or the Prophet Mohammed, and a tragic couple in love, before they encounter Lucifer himself in eternal ice: a literary trip through hell, overflowing with fantasy and powerful language.