La Divina Commedia trova nuova vitanei cinguettii di Twitter

“La copertina sfondata, le pagine squarciate. Du-rante la Seconda Guer-ra Mondiale una copia della Divina Commedia frenò un proiettile vagante, evitando lamorte al proprietario che la custodiva in tasca. «È la provache Dante può salvarti la vi-ta», scherza Pablo Maurette,raccontando l’episodio. Questo 38enne argentino, professore di letteratura comparataa Chicago, è il protagonista di una rivoluzione culturale checorre su Twitter: la lettura, partecipata, del capolavoro di Dante ai tempi dei social.

“La formula è semplice: un canto al giorno, per centogiorni. Si legge, ognuno per conto proprio, poi si inizia a twittare per commentare leterzine e cercare spunti di analisi: i cinguettii si trasformano in note a piè di pagina. Il risultato? Un successo planetario. Dal Messico al Cile, dalla Francia all’Australia, migliaia di utenti di lingua spagnola (una bolgia, verrebbe da dire) hanno lasciato ogni speranza per unirsi al viaggio 3.0 guidato da Virgilio.” [. . .]    –Filippo Femia, La Stampa, February 2, 2018.

You can read the full article on La Stampa.

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Contributed by Pablo Maurette (Florida State University)

Kathia Recio’s #Dante2018 Illustrations

Kathia Recio is a graphic artist from Mexico City. During the #Dante2018 social media movement, Recio created a series of illustrations for the Divine Comedy. Pictured above are a few of her illustrations, which you can view on her Instagram. Clockwise from the top left, this the link to the first illustration, the second illustration, the third illustration, and the fourth illustration.

You can check out more of Kathia Recio’s work on her Instagram and on her website.

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Contributed by Pablo Maurette (Florida State University)

Florencia Gutman’s Artwork for Purgatorio 33

Florencia Gutman is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her work has been published in a number of outlets, such as La Nación newspaper, Adn Cultura, and Anfibia digital magazine, among numerous others. As part of the #Dante2018 social media movement, Gutman created the above illustration for Purgatorio 33.

To check out more of Gutman’s stunning work, you can follow her on Facebook, Behance, and you can visit her website.

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Contributed by Pablo Maurette (Florida State University)

Sergio Ucedo’s #Dante2018 Artwork

Sergio Ucedo is an Argentine illustrator and graffiti artist. Ucedo created a number of striking art pieces during the #Dante2018 social media movement, such as the above piece promoting the hashtag. Ucedo also created the artwork below, which was featured in an article about #Dante2018 on Perfil.

To check out more of Ucedo’s artwork, you can follow him on Instagram and Twitter, and also visit his blog.

You can read the Perfil article that featured Ucedo’s artwork here.

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Contributed by Pablo Maurette (Florida State University)

Esteban Serrano’s #Dante2018 Illustrations

Esteban Serrano is a designer and cartoonist, and also goes by Cien Perros online. During the #Dante2018 collective reading on social media, Serrano created a cartoon for each canto of the Divine Comedy. The artwork above are a few of Serrano’s illustrations. Clockwise from the top right is an illustration for Paradiso 26,  an illustration for Purgatorio 29, an illustration for Inferno 34, and an illustration for Inferno 24.

You can see all of Serrano’s illustrations for the Divine Comedy on Medium.

To check out more of Serrano’s artwork, you can follow him on Instagram and Twitter.

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Contributed by Pablo Maurette (Florida State University)

Maru Ceballos’ #Dante2018 Illustrations

Maru Ceballos is a visual artist known for her striking, inky, horror style. During the #Dante2018 social media initiative, Ceballos created a variety pieces based on the Divine Comedy, and her work was used as promotional art by Museo Mitre for their exhibition “Los círculos del Dante.” Pictured above are a few of her pieces from this series. Clockwise from the top right is an illustration for Paradiso, an illustration for Purgatorio, a portrait of Dante, and an illustration for Inferno.

To view more of Maru Ceballos’ artwork, you can follow her on VSCO, Instagram, and Twitter.

Relatedly, you can read an interview with Maru Ceballos here.

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Contributed by Pablo Maurette (Florida State University)

“#Dante 2018: llega a su fin la lectura masiva de la Divina Comedia

“Llega el final de uno de los grandes eventos culturales del año: la lectura -masiva- y compartida a través de las redes sociales de La Divina Comedia, la obra de Dante Alighieri.

“La iniciativa, a cargo del ensayista Pablo Maurette, comenzó con el primer día del 2018 y, bajo el hashtag #Dante2018, se leyó un canto por día, a partir del cual se compartieron impresiones e inquietudes de manera colectiva en Twitter.

“Horas antes del cierre, de la lectura de La última sonrisa de Beatriz, canto final de Paraíso, con la que se concluirá la lectura colectiva, Maurette explicó a Infobae Cultura: ‘Fue una experiencia muy buena. Me impresiona que tanta gente se haya sumado y haya leído hasta el final. Hubo discusiones muy interesantes. Incluso algunas bastante acaloradas. Bastante humor, también. Se generó una verdadera comunidad virtual’ [. . .]

“Durante este día de cierre, participarán de la lectura personas de casi todos los países de habla hispana, Brasil, Italia y Estados Unidos. Esto también sucedió cuando se realizó la lectura del último canto del Infierno y el Purgatorio.” [. . .]    —Infobae, April 10, 2018.

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Contributed by Pablo Maurette (Florida State University)

“#Dante2018: La Divina Comedia conquista Twitter”

“Obra maestra de la literatura universal, La Divina Comedia atravesó épocas y contextos con una potestad única. Desde ayer, por idea de un ensayista y profesor argentino, se desarrolla en Twitter una lectura masiva del poema que Dante Alighieri dividió en tres partes: Infierno, Purgatorio y Paraíso. Cada una de las partes consta de 33 cantos y cada canto, a su vez, está compuesto de estrofas de tres versos. Con el canto introductorio, el poema comprende exactamente cien cantos. Hasta el 10 de abril #Dante2018 impondrá en Twitter un soplo de aire fresco en la caliente agenda cotidiana.

“La iniciativa de Pablo Maurette ya convocó a especialistas de la obra cumbre de Dante, a escritores y a lectores entusiasmados. Se leerá un canto por día. En su primer día, #Dante2018 picó en punta en el listado de trending topics del inicio del año.

“‘Voy a usar mi edición de bolsillo en italiano’ -cuenta Maurette a LA NACION-. ‘En español recomendamos ediciones bilingües como la de Ángel Battistessa, la de Ángel Crespo y la de Jorge Aulicino. También es muy recomendable la traducción en prosa de Ángel Chiclana.’

Al seguir el hashtag #Dante2018, los lectores podrán encontrar varias sugerencias útiles, además de imágenes de portadas, pinturas e infaltables memes. No obstante, cabe destacar que cualquier edición sirve para participar e iluminarse en la selva oscura de Twitter.” [. . .]    –Daniel Gigena, La Nacion, January 2, 2018.

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Contributed by Pablo Maurette (Florida State University)

“#Dante2018: la selva oscura que supimos conseguir”

“En mayo de 2014, un célebre usuario de Twitter realizaba un encomio de la red social en el blog TP, propuso interpretarla como un género literario sui generis, por cumplir con los componentes de tradición e innovación que debe exigírsele a cualquier tipificación del discurso que se precie de tal. Twitter tiene sus raíces en un género tan antiguo como el aforismo y, al mismo tiempo, barre con todas las categorías literarias modernas:

“Su naturaleza colectiva, masiva, interactiva, compuesta de usuarios que son a un tiempo escritores, lectores, personajes y críticos, y su rígida ley de los 140 caracteres bastan para consolidarlo como género literario autosuficiente. Pero Twitter no es un simple género más. Su excepcionalidad radica en ser a la vez género y obra, medio y mensaje, texto y contexto: aterradora máquina autopoiética, work-in-progress infinito que se autorregenera, se reformula, y se renueva segundo a segundo.

“Como si hubiera querido poner a prueba su propia teoría, Pablo Maurette, el responsable de esas palabras, lanzó en noviembre de 2017 una consigna: empezar el 2018 leyendo La divina comedia, a razón de un canto por día, y compartir opiniones, más o menos eruditas, a través de Twitter con el hashtag #Dante2018. La aterradora máquina autopoiética se echó a andar: miles de usuarios de distintas partes del mundo adhirieron a la propuesta, colocando a #Dante2018 entre los hashtags más mencionados en varios países de habla hispana los primeros días de enero. Es imposible diagnosticar hoy cuál pueda ser su alcance final. Maurette, entusiasmado, ya lo describe como el club de lectura más grande de la historia.” [. . .]    –Alejandro Virué, El Espectador, January 7, 2018.

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Contributed by Pablo Maurette (Florida State University)

Teatro delle Albe’s fedeli d’Amore (2018)

fedeli d’Amore (Love’s faithful) is a ‘polyptych in seven panels’ written by Marco Martinelli ‘about’ Dante Alighieri and our present day. Different voices speak to us in the individual panels: the fog of a dawn in 1321, the demon of the pit where the merchants of death are punished, a donkey that carried the poet on his last journey, the ‘scolding’ imp who incites brawls about money, Italy kicking herself, Alighieri’s daughter Antonia, and ‘an end that is not an end’.

“These voices speak to us of the refugee, of the poet fled from his own city which has condemned him to burning at the stake; and now he is on his deathbed, exiled in Ravenna, sick with ague. First the fog slips in through the window cracks, enters that little room, and it describes him on the threshold of the extreme transition. Those voices are suspended between the fourteenth century and our own day, and Martinelli’s writing accepts, and not from today, the Dantesque challenge to hold together political and metaphysical ‘reality’, chronicle and spirituality.

Love is evoked as the polestar of the fedeli d’Amore, a force that frees humanity from violence, that saves ‘the garden plot that renders us so fierce’. The voices of this ‘polyptych’ are one single voice that can contain numberless voices, that of Ermanna Montanari: air, fire, sound, matter.

“This ‘polyptych’ for the stage enriches the itinerary which, together with Ravenna Festival, Martinelli, Montanari and Teatro delle Albe began in 2017 with Inferno, and which will continue in 2019 and 2021 with the other two parts of The Divine Comedy.

“fedeli d’Amore is one more tessera in their ceaseless dramaturgical, vocal, musical and visual research, alongside such wise folk as Luigi Ceccarelli and Marco Olivieri, Anusc Castiglioni and Simone Marzocchi; and it lies in that furrow where the vocal-sound alchemy of the figure is central.” [. . .]    —Teatro delle Albe, 2018.

Debuting on June 15, 2018, fedeli d’Amore was devised and directed by Marco Martinelli and Ermanna Montanari, and produced by Teatro delle Albe/Ravenna Teatro in collaboration with Fondazione Campania dei Festival – Napoli Teatro Festival Italia 2018 (progetto cofinanaziato da POC Campania 2014-2020) and Teatro Alighieri-Ravenna.

Read more about the details of the production at Teatro delle Albe.

Relatedly, Teatro delle Albe staged L’inferno delle Albe, which you can read about here.