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<center><small>"the Divine Comedy" from the Derevo website
</small></center> Fast and furious Dante
by Sarah Frater for The Evening Standard
Eighteen months ago the Royal Academy exhibited Botticelli's drawings for Dante's Divine Comedy. Those 500-year-old ink works drew thousands to the Sackler Wing, all spellbound by Botticelli's restrained treatment of a terrifying subject.
I mention this not to suggest a parity between Botticelli and the Russian theatre troupe Derevo's version of the Comedy, but as a reminder of the different perspectives we have on Dante's work.
Botticelli's illustrations were contemplated in the peace of the Sackler galleries, while Derevo offers us a loud, fast, frightening, utterly unplugged piece of theatre, a sort of extreme mimecumdance of death that you watch agog with your jaw dropped. Link no longer available
There are also reviews for Derevo in our Edinburgh Festival topic.
Derevo won one of the major theatre awards at the Festival this year.
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