INFERNO, the latest work of internationally acclaimed composer Burak Özdemir, is based on the epic poem “Divine Comedy” by Alighieri Dante. The work is designed as a choreographic parcour performance after Dante, commemorating his 700th year of death.

INFERNO is a curated journey through Dante’s late life and his struggles after being sentenced to death in the Palazzo Bargello. The work raises questions on political and religious subjects of the 14th century versus 21st century and creates a connection between Dante and today’s contemporary artists throughout the world. The National Museum of Bargello itself becomes the stage for INFERNO and the audience takes a unique path to witness Dante’s story, told by an inter-disciplinary artist collective. 

The music of INFERNO is a contemporary study on Italian Renaissance, performed by the magnificent soprano Roberta Mameli and the eleven musicians of the Ensemble Musica Sequenza on period instruments of the 17th century. Dante’s perhaps the most enigmatic verses on human nature, faith, politics and religion are integrated into the musical score of INFERNO.

The artist collective for INFERNO is casted by a soprano, ten dancers, eleven musicians, as well as light, sound and costume designers in a choreographic dialogue. Jiri Bartovanec, a key member of the company Sasha Waltz & Guests, participates in the project as the head choreographer along with the ten company dancers. Sasha Waltz and Burak Özdemir have previously performed together on numerous productions, including “Dialogue” at the Festival d’Avignon, “Zuhören” at the Radial System V and “Figure Humaine” at the Elbphilharmonie. The total performance duration is 75 minutes without intermission.