Lumina in tenebris
Lights from the Divina Commedia before and after Dante
by and with Elena Bucci and Chiara Muti
based on the Divina Commedia by Dante Alighieri
lighting design Vincent Longuemare
sound design and dramaturgy Raffaele Bassetti
production Ravenna Festival in collaboration
with Compagnia Le belle bandiere
In the dark backstage, in the wings, behind the backdrops, cracks, openings and gaps are disclosed and hidden… A light flashes, disappears, is transformed: apparitions are evoked by the voices of two white figures mirroring each other. Guardians, ghosts, souls. Two actresses who have already and repeatedly crossed paths. Now, again, they meet in the grandiose theatre of Dante’s Comedy, a map of lights designed to guide us through the darkness caused by discord and ignorance, arrogance and greed. Big lights, small lights: useful tools to push our way through the “forest dark”.
Lights that inspired Dante, and were inspired by him: they invite us to listen to the spirit of hope that dwells in each of us, a spirit that creates but does not destroy, welcomes but never rejects.