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Journeying La Divina Commedia: Desert, Discovery, Song… is an international Dante project supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the Ann Stookey Fund for New Music, the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts at Notre Dame, and AUTODESK.
Featuring international artists in collaboration with faculty and students from the University of Notre Dame’s Sacred Music Program, the William and Katherine Devers Program in Dante Studies, and the Film, Television, and Theatre Department, the INTERNATIONAL DANTE PROJECT and JOURNEYING LA DIVINA COMMEDIA are part of the INTERDISCIPLINARY SACRED MUSIC DRAMAS at NOTRE DAME, a project of Sacred Music at Notre Dame and Notre Dame Vocale, directed by Professor of Music Carmen-Helena Téllez
In 2012 Sacred Music at Notre Dame received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop sacred music dramas, conceived broadly as opportunities to reflect on important issues in culture and society through a dynamic interaction of the humanities and the arts. Sacred music dramas have appeared in many guises throughout history, and include Greek tragedies, medieval plays as well as oratorios and operas. Sacred dramas can now be construed as any collective exercise by which a community can engage in the performance of an action that illuminates values and leads to new insights.
Under the artistic direction of Professor Carmen-Helena Téllez of Sacred Music at Notre Dame, the Interdisciplinary Sacred Music Dramas may be inspired by a preexisting masterpiece from any artistic discipline, a new commission, or by current issues, but they will be characterized by innovative integration of the arts and the humanities, immersive settings or interactivity with the audience.
PROFILE OF THE DANTE PROJECT
This international Dante Project is the third of the Sacred Music Dramas at Notre Dame. It coincides with Pope Francis’ entreaty that we read Dante’s Divine Comedy as one of the activities of the Jubilee Year of Mercy 2016. The Dante Project focuses on the creation of a new original work based on Dante’s Divine Comedy that we have titled “Journeying the Commedia: Desert, Discovery, Song”. It will not represent theatrically the poetic narrative that has influenced Western art, philosophy and theology for centuries, but rather, it embraces Dante’s vision as a way of reflecting on the issues of today, like he did, through an artistic challenge. The Dante Project and the creation of “Journeying the Commedia” will adopt a co-creative methodology joining faculty, students, community and guests artists.
VIEW THE STAGES OF THE CREATION OF THE NEW INTERDISCIPLINARY WORK AT THE CENTER OF THE DANTE PROJECT, “JOURNEYING THE COMMEDIA: DESERT, DISCOVERY, SONG”.
For more information contact professor Carmen-Helena Téllez, Artistic Director of the Interdisciplinary Sacred Music Dramas at Notre Dame, at email@example.com