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Art, cinema, literature and theatre: a new life for Dante on the streets of Senegal.
Di soglia in soglia Dante Ravenna Dakar
Di soglia in soglia Dante Ravenna Dakar

On the occasion of the 21st Week of the Italian Language, the Italian Cultural Institute of Dakar is organizing a full programme of Dante-themed events.

From 11 October to 11 November 2021, the exhibition ‘Dante Plus 700‘ will take place, a collective exhibition that aims to bring together a group of artists, each very different in their inspiration, who have been called upon to work on Dante’s legacy and revisit it using various techniques – illustration, comics and street art. The exhibition will be visible on ten billboards scattered around the districts of the city of Dakar. Artists in the exhibition include: Andrea De Luca, Blub, Bomboland, Davide Bonazzi, Milo Manara, Mirko Camia, Oscar Diodoro, Matteo Cuccato, Goran, Camilla Garofano. The exhibition, curated by Marco Miccoli, is on display in its most comprehensive form in Ravenna, a few steps from Dante’s tomb.

On 15 October, there will be a screening of ‘The Sky over Kibera‘ by the Teatro delle Albe, an art film and a record of the first theatrical performance devoted to Dante Alighieri in Africa. For the occasion of the screening there will be a remote presentation with director Marco Martinelli.

On 22 October, ‘Hic sunt senegalienses‘: Pap Khouma and Cheikh Tidiane Gaye will present the Wolof translation of the Canto 1 of the Divine Comedy, commissioned by the Italian Cultural Institute of Dakar and produced by Pap Khouma himself. At the end of the evening, the Canto 1 will be read in both Italian and Wolof.

Concluding the series of events will be the theatrical workshop ‘L’inferno di Dante’, organized by the Teatro delle Albe, scheduled between 18 and 24 October at the Centre Culturel Leopold Senghor. The Teatro delle Albe will work with a group of actors from Pikine – a district in the Dakar banlieue – alongside the Senegalese actor Laity Fall. A journey with thirty young Senegalese actors through the canticles of the poem in an attempt to give new life to the timeless Divine Comedy. Alongside the Teatro delle Albe, there will also be Graziano Graziani, a documentary filmmaker and journalist for Rai Radio3, who will be working on a podcast during the project.

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