‘…this is a weighty production, yet inventive and unbounded’
Rupert Thomson – Senior Programmer, Performance and Dance, Southbank Centre
Produced by Akademi, Paradiso: Man’s Enduring Search for Perfection is a new 40-minute cross arts commission inspired by the final part of Dante’s Divine Comedy and the astrological influences of the Navagrahas (nine planets) of Hindu mythology.
Dante, led by his beloved Beatrice through the planetary spheres to Heaven, is confronted en-route by the diverse spiritual inhabitants of the celestial world of the afterlife. They disorientate him at the same time as offering wisdom. It is a not an easy journey.
A research and development period took place in March 2016 to explore how our original vision of an extended, multi-part, piece could be presented as a singular work. A preview of the work-in-progress at the British Library was a second stage of the creative process.
In March 2017 Paradiso goes into it’s second stage of development to tour at outdoor venues throughout the summer.
See the trailer
Please get in touch if you are interested in programming Paradiso at your event or festival.
Paradiso is designed to be a flexible show and is available for touring from the summer of 2017 onward. Intended as day time show for a family audience, however it also has a lighting design available for evening performances.
© Production: Akademi / Images: Simon Richardson / Music: Bernard Schimplesberger / Footage: Prolific TV / Editing: James Williams of Moving Productions