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“Absolute Dante” at the Basilica of Maxentius. The Divine Comedy read and told by artists

The Colosseum Archaeological Park pays homage to the Supreme Poet Dante Alighieri to celebrate the 700th anniversary of his death with a festival that will take place in the Basilica of Maxentius. “Author readings” of unpublished texts inspired by a song, a verse, a character from the Divine Comedy or another work are scheduled from 1 to 20 July.

Dante pop: De Gregori and Ambrogio Sparagna for the first evening

The first evening is entitled “Dante, a pop epic”, organized in collaboration with the Art Museum of the city of Ravenna. The scholar of the Italian language Giuseppe Antonelli will be the protagonist. He will be joined by Francesco De Gregori, one of the most important Italian songwriters who has accompanied our lives with lyrics and rhymes of strong poetic and literary inspiration. De Gregori will be accompanied by the musicians of the Italian Popular Orchestra conducted by Ambrogio Sparagna.

Impossible interview with Beatrice

On the same evening Chiara Valerio, Sergio Rubini and Michela Murgia will give life to an impossible interview with Beatrice, following the one carried out by Umberto Eco in 1975 on Radio RAI. In conclusion, the rapper Murubutu and Claver Gold will intervene, among the last most significant artistic expressions that update Dante’s poetics in a rap key.

The other appointments

The subsequent appointments of the festival dedicated to Dante in the Basilica of Maxentius will see unpublished protagonists of writers. There will be Piero Trellini, Giulio Leoni, Javier Cercas, Roberto Saviano, Melania Mazzucco, Alessandro Piperno, Aldo Cazzullo, Fabio Stassi, Edoardo Albinati, Stefania Auci, Nicola Lagioia; the scholars Lina Bolzoni, Giulio Ferroni and Franco Cardini and the poets Valerio Magrelli, Ana Blandiana, Daniela Attanasio, Silvia Bre, Nicola Bultrini, Claudio Damiani, Simone Di Biaso, Sara Ventroni. Actress Monica Guerritore will present a play by her. Dante’s readings are entrusted to the voices of Valeria Solarino, Anna Bonaiuto, Maddalena Crippa, Giorgio Colangeli, Lucia Mascino, Lunetta Savino.

Live music every evening

Live music on all evenings. The musicians Riccardo Manzi, Erica Scherl, Pierpaolo Ranieri, Alessandra Celletti, Rita Marcotulli, Andrea Damiano, Sandra Castellano, Alessandra Bossa, Alessandro Gwis, Michele Rabbia will take the stage. The musicians will accompany authors and actors. The conclusion of the other evenings of the Festival will be entrusted to the voices of songwriters such as Cristiano Godano, frontman of the rock group Marlene Kuntz, the violinist H.E.R. winner of the Musicultura Prize and the Amnesty International Emergenti Prize, Giovanni Succi, the poet-singer of the indie rock group Bachi da Pietra, and the very young Fulminacci, winner of the Targa Tenco as best first work and of the MEI Award as best young singer-songwriter of the year .

Program info and reservations

  • All evenings are free admission with reservations required through the Eventbrite platform. Reservations open from the tenth day before each single evening, subject to availability.
  • Link for the detailed program: The program
  • How to reach the Basilica of Maxentius: Metro (Line B Colosseo stop), bus (75, 81, 673, 175, 204), tram 30.

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