Live Performance: Staging Dante Today, by Teatro delle Albe (Annenberg)

The Center for Italian Studies and the Italian Studies Section of the Department of Romance Languages are happy to announce a three-day residency (2/27 - 3/1) of distinguished actress and author Ermanna Montanari with dramaturg and director Marco Martinelli, founders of the experimental theatre company Teatro delle Albe in Ravenna! They will participate in classes and hold meetings with students and faculty.

On Thu., 2/28, at 5:30, at the Annenberg Center Live (Montgomery Theatre), Montanari and Martinelli will present the show Staging Dante Today including "Cantiere Dante,"sharing with the audience the experience of Inferno performed in 2017 in Ravenna with the participatory support of its citizens, first part of the project "Divine Comedy 2017-2021," also featured at Matera 2019 (European Capital of Culture). This will be followed by "Il cielo sopra Kibera," a photographic report from a piece directed by Martinelli recently performed by 140 children and teenagers in one of Africa’s largest slums in Nairobi. In addition, Ermanna Montanari will read canto XXXIII from Dante’s Inferno as well as the poem "Ahi serva Italia,"drawn from the Albe's latest show fedeli d’Amore, for which she recently won the prestigious Award for Best Actress/Performer "Premio Ubu 2018" of the Associazione Franco Quadri

The show on the 28th takes place at the Montgomery Theater, one of the three venues located within the Annenberg Center (besides the Zellerbach and the Prince Theatres) and is free of charge (no registration required). English translation will be available, both in the for of supertitles and "live." 

Please find materials useful to prepare for the events (videos, scholarship, etc.) at: (mostly Penn access only)


Ermanna Montanari (PDF)

Marco Martinelli (PDF)

28 February 2019
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Montgomery Theatre, Annenberg Center Live, see

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