2019 Dante Alighieri: La Divina Comedia

On a sensorial journey in the 21st Century, we enter into the concept: “Cogito, ergo sum… I think so.”
The starting point for the journey and context of Divine Comedy is the Placebo Concept of Quantum Physics. It’s about the thought that our brain produces, forming hell, vice or paradise right here and now. To experience all three states of being, we do not need to die, we are experiencing the worst here and now. This is also why Divina Comedia is so much needed and necessary for this time, not the idea of ​​the afterlife but the idea of ​​staying here and now. We are all well aware of all three states of mind, within ourselves and in the world. Hell, Purgatory and Paradise are states of consciousness. That’s why Dante talks about the afterlife because consciousness is the only intangible substance that goes with us into the afterlife. And depending on what state of consciousness we will be at the end of life (how many sins or goodies we will have on conscience), this will be our existence after death. But even here it is not a matter of hell, purgatory or paradise, it is a state of consciousness in which the soul is located, and consequently our thoughts and actions. Divine comedy leads us to purification from all the bad and the good in man. At the same time, its dramatic structure is conceived as a journey, which is very close to the performing methods of sensorial theater. Moreover, in its rich picturesqueness of the various stages, circles, it offers tremendous potential for a sensorial experience. These are personal experiences, just like Dante’s imaginary journey is accompanied by Virgil in the 14th century.

 Barbara Pia Jenic

Credits:
Translation: Alojz Gradnik, Andrej Capuder

Concept, direction, costumes, smell design: Barbara Pia Jenič
Sound design: Peter Penko
Set design of Paradise: Barbara Pia Jenič, Nataša Skušek
Authors of the commercial speech in the 8th circle: Barbara Pia Jenič, Peter Penko
The author of the motivational speech in the 8th circle: Vesna Hauschild

Voice of Dante Alighieri (audio): Tomaž Gubenšek
Voice of Beatrice (audio): Barbara Pia Jenič
Voice of commercial in the 8th circle: Barbara Pia Jenič
Voice of motivational speech in the 8th circle: Vesna Hauschild

The image of Beatrice in Paradise: Janja Vranjek / Liza Šimenc
Cocreators and sensorial guides: Vesna Hauschild, Barbara Pia Jenič, Nataša Skušek, Liza Šimenc, Janja Vranjek

Producer and Project leader: Barbara Pia Jenič
Production: Senzorium Institute

Photo of neuron by Shutterstock

Premiere 2nd of December 2019, repetitions 16. in 23. december 2019, at 7pm, Cekin Castle Ljubljana
Project is supported by Municipality of Ljubljana
Special thanks to: Katerina Vdiner Ferkov and anonimus people who fullfilled the Questionaire about Inferno, Dr. Igor Areh

Spaces are limited. Extra free spaces are possible 15 minutes before the show on the spot.

COMENTARIES OF THE VISITORS

NEWSPAPERS AND MEDIA ABOUT THE PLAY

2019 Gledalec z zavezanimi očmi, Dnevnik, Gregor Butala, 6. februar

2019 Skozi Pekel vas pelje z mehko rokoMetropolitan, Katja Štingl, 3. februar

2019 Božanska komedija gledališča Senzorium,  Kultura RTVSLO, Meta Česnik, 20. december

2019 Ena ura pekla po lastni izbiri, Zdravo Slovenija, Katerina Ferkov, 7. december