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Concept, choreography, and costumes Roberta Ferrara

Lighting design Roberto Colabufo

Running Time 10 minutes

Can a glance completely alter the course of an entire life? Can an encounter be able to change an entire existence?


This year, Italy and the whole world are preparing to commemorate the seven hundred years since the death of Dante Alighieri. The Supreme Poet is universally known for the contribution given to the Italian language and for the greatness of his most famous poem: The Divine Comedy. He is also the poet whose literary works deal with all human feelings and affairs and among these, love.

In fact, his love for Beatrice, the one who has come “from heaven to earth to show forth a miracle”, is famous enough to have become a literary topos.


A love that has gone down in history and is still evoked to represent the peaks of intensity that this feeling can reach.

At the age of nine, Dante met Beatrice Portinari and said that even a mere glance was enough. Her presence had awakened the poet, who then saw her again when they both had just turned eighteen. During that second meeting, everything in his life changed. «Over her snow-white veil with olive cinct appeared a lady under a green mantle, vested in colour of the living flame. » Even though he had never spoken to her, from that single glance he fell in love with her, a real woman, but also an indefinite creature. Truth, history, idealization, and exaltation. Whatever the truth about the relationship between Dante and Beatrice, the woman was for him a Muse, a fundamental source of poetic inspiration.

And Dante certainly loved her deeply, as apparent from his description of the woman. Everything in her seemed to radiate candour and purity and as such he described her, adhering to the standards of courtly love. He loved her whilst keeping intact that Platonic bond that would forever characterize their story. Hence a love that was never fully realized, like so many others, and sent Dante into a deep crisis when Beatrice died young.


Everything happens in Beatrice’s name. A life divided between a before and an after her. He will see her again there, at the gates of Paradise, the only one worthy to access further, in what will be the journey of all journeys.

A “Vita Nova”, a new life after that meeting, a life renewed by the love for her. At that moment, the vital spirit, the most intimate part of the heart, began to tremble.

Their eyes will meet again nine years later. Then never again. Mourning her death will be mourning the loss of an illuminating and instantaneous knowledge. An autobiographical narrative reworked in the light of its transcendental meaning.


Roberta Ferrara approaches this staggering intensity by internalizing it and transmitting it through her language. A choreography made of looks, rises, falls, chases, arms extended in an embrace never completed. A search never satisfied but full of that yearning that “moves the sun and the other stars”, that moves bodies and even more, reaching the Beyond which one cannot speak of, but only feel, and together vibrate.