With Bad Dante Bad English Bad Opera Andrea Spreafico and Matteo Fargion have done a new translation of Dante to (anti-academic) down-to-earth English. From a stripped-down stage, the first nine cantos in Purgatory from Dante's The Divine Comedy are presented.
In a smart and humorous way, human qualities such as confusion, tolerance, a sense of justice and imperfection are being explored. Four performers – with trained and untrained voices – and a string trio invite you to listen to Dante's work in a whole new way.
The Divine Comedy commented on the experience of limbo and the nostalgia for real life, and was a critique of dysfunctional states and raging societies. This may be just as relevant in 2022, and is now presented in a new form as Bad Dante Bad English Bad Opera.
Spreafico Eckly was established in 2013 in Bergen. The company often uses elements from the past to see the present in a new light. Their performances are intended as pauses in the constant flow of information we as humans receive, and as a way to reflect on the present. Matteo Fargion is a composer, performer and teacher. He has created four performances together with Spreafico Eckly since 2017.