James Sewell Ballet, Inferno (2014)

ballet james sewell inferno

“Dante’s Inferno is the ­ultimate midlife crisis story.

“The Italian poet’s 14th-century epic confronts the dangerous path toward personal ruin but also rails against piety and greed in a fiery commentary, still relevant today, on the corrupting forces within religion, business and politics.

“On Friday night, James Sewell Ballet flung open the gates of hell and let its depraved denizens run wild at the Cowles Center. Who knows how Dante might have envisioned his poem brought to life, but this interpretation captures its disquieting spirit.” [ . . . ]

“There are clever moments including the descent into hell via New York City subway with damned souls as straphangers, a barb against resident Ayn Rand (‘nobody likes her’) and the swirling dances of those doomed to an eternity living out their lusts (this is an R-rated show by the way).”   –Caroline Palmer, “James Sewell Ballet’s Inferno,” Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 28, 2014

Contributed by Iris McComb (Bowdoin ’14)

Ruth Virkus and Brenna Jones, “Dawn’s Inferno — A Divine Comedy” (2009)

“Midway through her life’s journey, Dawn Ahlgren finds herself in a dark wood… Darkwood, Minnesota. Returning to her hometown for her 10 year high school reunion, Dawn finds herself trapped in the Inferno Bar and Grill, surrounded by classmates determined to prove that hell is indeed other people.
The Flowershop Project, a new theater company based in Minneapolis, is excited to be premiering this original script by company members Brenna Jones and Ruth Virkus. Featuring an original soundtrack by SvenErik Olsen, and based on The Inferno by Dante Alighieri, Dawn’s Inferno is an innovative and hilarious update of Dante’s classic trip through Hell, re-invented as another kind of divine comedy.”    —The Flower Shop Project