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 Post subject: Derevo
PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2002 12:54 am 
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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.

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There are also reviews for Derevo in our Edinburgh Festival topic. Derevo won one of the major theatre awards at the Festival this year.

<small>[ 19 December 2003, 03:10 PM: Message edited by: Stuart Sweeney ]</small>


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