DANTE'S DIVINA COMMEDIA - INFERNO

This production is made possible
with public funds
from the New York State
Council on the Arts

 "Black Moon Theatre Company present a stirring interpretation of Dante, with a strong tone of decadence pervading its examinations of humanity...Captivatingly visual from the offset... operatic..." expats.cz

"An impressive performance..." TimeOutNewYork

"... Dante's Divina Commedia - Inferno, directed by Rene Migliaccio and performed by Alessio Bordoni, is a postmodern take on telling Dante's epic tale of the descent into Hell. Bordoni gives a tour de force performance, narrating the Cantos while interpreting and presenting their meaning through his body.... The piece is a true directorial triumph for Migliaccio, who has created a consistent and compelling stage picture that is difficult to tear one's eyes away from..." NYTheatre.com

"... Undeniably a work of profound visual beauty... Between Bordoni's wailing disbelief, Aminda Asher's haunting cello playing, and Evan's abstract imagery, "Divina Commedia" flirts with aesthetic perfection..." Backstage

"... Innovative, visually stunning, and audibly moving..." New Theater Corps

 

In this new adaptation of 'Dante's Inferno', Artistic Director Rene Migliaccio creates a multicultural, multidisciplinary and multimedia visual and aural work that positions performers within video projections, redefining traditional theatrical boundaries. Physical Theatre, Music and Poetry in the Italian language create the ritualistic experience of Dante's journeys through the nine circles of Hell. Canto after canto, Italian performer Alessio Bordoni portrays the character of Dante leading the audience throughout his descent into Hell. The different realms of sin are portrayed through images: moving fragments of collages by critically acclaimed Collage Artist India Evans. Cellist Michaela Stehlíková performs a classical score, a pre-consciousness of Dante's journey into Hell. In 'Dante's Inferno', the traditional concept of Hell as a place of eternal tortures is re-defined as a condition of spiritual anguish caused by separation from the Sacred.

Alessio Bordoni is Alessio Bordoni is an Italian-born American actor who has performed in numerous productions throughout Europe as well as in NYC, where he resides. He was trained in Germany by Zygmunt Molik, in NYC at HB studio and at the American Mime Theatre under Paul Curtis. Alessio made his stage debut solo, in his own adaptation of Gargantua and Pantagruel by Rabelais (Teatro Tordinona Rome). He then embarked on a two-year tour of Paolo Poli's staging of Jacques the Fatalist by Diderot, playing Marquis des Arcis. He subsequently portrayed Jean and Schlome, in French and Yiddish, in Primo Levi's If This is a Man (tour), starred in Dostoevsky's Demons (Teatro Sala Uno Rome), played solo in Dante's Divina Commedia - Inferno (New York Fringe Festival/Prague Fringe Festival), performed King Herod in Oscar Wilde's Salome (BMTC/Flea Theater) and again solo in his first play Charles Ponzi - A Dollar and a Scheme (United Solo Theatre Festival). Bliss is his second work as a playwright and he is thrilled to be presenting it at the Flea. Alessio is also a passionate reader of Dante’s Divine Comedy which he recites regularly at CUNY/NYU. He is a member of Actors' Equity Association and the Dramatists Guild of America. Alessio's work has been positively received. (For details check www.alessiobordoni.com)

India Evans India is a NYC born and raised visual artist who is best known for her intimate and poetic collages. She was educated at Scuola d'Arte Lorenzo de Medici in Florence, Italy, Accademia di Belle Arti in Perugia, Italy and from the American University (BFA). India’s work has been exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide including Sala Uno Gallery in Rome, Italy, Na Solynanke Gallery in Moscow, Russia, Fred Gallery in London, UK, Knoedler Gallery in NY, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, NY, the Kratzen Museum in Washington, DC, the Islip Art Museum in NY, the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn, NY, The Gallery at Wolf and Badger, London, UK. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The New York Sun, Il Venerdi di Repubblica, the NY Observer, Backstage, Time Out and in the Paris Review. India’s collages were featured in a video assemblage in the production of Dante's Divina Commedia – Inferno and Oscar Wilde’s Salome. (www.indiaevans.com) The New York Sun, Il Venerdi di Repubblica, the NY Observer, Backstage,Time Out and most recently in the Paris Review. In 2009 Evans collages were featured in a video assemblage for the set of Dante's Divina Commedia - Inferno.

Michaela Stehlíková started her education in 1994 when she started to play flute at ZŠ Radotín. In 1996 she entered Klement Slavický music school where she studied cello with Mrs. Lenka Kavalová and piano with Mrs. Martina Slavíková. In 2000, she started to attend lessons with Mrs. Renata Strašrybková at Prague Concervatory. In 2004, she entered Prague Conservatory where she studied with Mrs. Renata Sztrašrybková. In year 2008, she graduated from Prague conservatory. From 2005 to 2007 she played as a cello leader with the Passau symphony orchestra. Michaela’s masters classes include: International master classes Brno with Mr. Miroslav Zicha, Mr. Michal Kaňka, Nové Hrady, Eptingen, and Mrs. Renata Strašrybková. Michaela often plays concerts in Switzerland, Germany, and Slovakia. In 2006 she plays in a chamber orchestra in Dubai and Abu Dhabí in UAE. Michaela plays with the three Prague Conservatory orchestras. She also plays solo concerts with pianist Lukáš Klánský.

  

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