Hell, purgatory and paradise seen from the circus ring. Seven bodies demonstrate the pain and the ecstasy of all of humanity.
Humour wielded like a razor-sharp weapon hurts, throws you off balance, even condemns – albeit in the guise of a joke.
La Commedia as the final piece of the Dante cycle of HELL, diptych [purgatorio] POPOPERA and [purgatorio] IN VISIONE and you PARA|DISO is measured by the rules of comedy. Seven born artists portray the seven days of the week in a circus ring, cast off dance and present themselves as 'entertainers'. So, for instance, Monday is a melancholic and Tuesday a diva, and Saturday glitters like the ultimate party animal. Under the supervision of a master of ceremonies, the daily routines are interrupted until eventually a devilish Sunday takes us into the afterlife – the ultimate deliverance.
La Commedia shows the best of the four-part based on Dante's La Divina Commedia that received several national and international prizes, including for HELL winner of the VSCD Zwaan for Most Impressive Dance Production 2007 and Meilleur Spectacle de Danse 2006; and for you PARA | DISO, nominee for the VSCD Zwaan in 2011.
In addition, La Commedia was selected by Theatermaker (TM) magazine and Theater Instituut Nederland (TIN) as the best dance production of the 2011-2012 season. (TM & TIN, September 2012, Theatre season 2011-2012: retrospectives).
PRESS ABOUT LA COMMEDIA
“An artistic signature, that of La Commedia, that appears lighter in the surface and in the timber compared to the previous pieces, but that is actually not less potent in the underlying tragedy that resides in it.” – Sara Chiappori (La Repubblica, June 2011)
“In Emio Greco | PC's dancing circus, virtue and vice, heaven and hell, art and kitsch are craftily welded into a weapon of survival.” – Moos van den Broek (Theaterkrant.nl, January 2012)
“The production is a culture-pessimistic reckoning that continues to reverberate a long time after. La Commedia works like antivenom.” – Sander Hiskemuller (TROUW, January 2012)