The Italian Cultural Institute of Moscow offers a week of events dedicated to Dante.
On 24 March the video ‘Il Purgatorio di Dante: una lettura russa’ (Dante’s Purgatory: a Russian reading) which is part of the online literary relay ‘Dante 700 nel mondo’ in 12 countries is published on the Institute’s YouTube channel.
On 25 March the podcast ‘Perché leggiamo ancora la Divina Commedia?’ (Why do we still read the Divine Comedy?) is released on the website dante700.vashdosug.ru. It is the first of ten podcasts dedicated to Dante that will be released until 27 May. The creator of the first five episodes is one of the leading Dante experts in Italy, Claudio Giunta. For the first time, Professor Giunta will tell the Russian public about the most interesting aspects of the poem and the biography of its author. The difficulties of translating Dante into Russian and how his artistic legacy has influenced several generations will also be discussed.
The release of Massimiliano Finazzer Flory’s short film ‘Dante, per nostra fortuna’ (Dante, luckily for us), is scheduled for 25 March with choreography by Michela Lucenti, ten dancers from the Balletto Civile in period costume, the solo performance by the Teatro alla Scala dancer Maria Celeste Losa and the voice of Massimiliano Finazzer Flory who recites some of the most significant songs from Dante’s poem: the Inferno IX, Purgatory V and Paradise VI.
On 1st April, the second of 10 podcasts dedicated to Dante, entitled ‘Dante: biografia e contesto’ (Dante: biography and context), is released on the website dante700.vashdosug.ru
More information is available on the Italian Cultural Institute of Moscow website.