Inspired by the final part of Dante’s The Divine Comedy, this dance production shares Dante’s journey though Paradise. He takes passage through the heavenly cosmos and finds answers to the obstacles of vanity, ambition, aggression and desire. Led by Beatrice, these common human struggles are conquered through his ascension to an energetic celebration of enlightenment.
Established 40 years ago, Akademi has been the lead outdoor British South Asian dance organisation. Our mission is to inspire audiences and change lives by creating and nurturing excellence in classical, contemporary, popular and participatory South Asian dance.
We are delighted to introduce this performance of Paradiso: Man’s Enduring Search for Perfection which demonstrates Akademi’s commitment to investigating new ways of choreographing and integrating contemporary British and Indian dance practices. We want to illustrate how British Indian dance remains integral to the UK dance scene and to promote it while challenging expectations of what Indian dance is/should be.
Direction & Choreography: Jose Agudo
Original Score: Bernhard Schimpelsberger
Consultant Dramaturg: Lou Cope
Producer: Nina Head (Akademi)
Costume: Martina Trottmann
Rehearsal Director: Claire Cunningham
Sound Mix and Mastering: Nick Atkins
Graphic Designer: Rohanne Udall (Akademi)
Original Direction: Hilary Westlake
Photo credits: Simon Richardson
Cast: Archita Kumar, Carmine De Amicis, Edward Arnold, Ellen Yilma, Francesco Migliaccio, Kamala Devam