Dante is an adventurer. He crossed the scariest which is the most dangerous country: he crossed the dead. He breathed the stench of hell, he fainted from fear many times, he flew on the back of monsters, he crossed the walls of flames and ponds ice. He cried too. He lived in the telling, the anguish of all the damned. He liked the height of the divine Beatrice he knew child who died. He will find, far, far away in heaven. It will be the last guide trip that will take him where the "love moves the sun and other stars." Dante is an inventor ... language. He left the Latin to tell his journey; he wrote a sacred poem in the vernacular; he invented Italian; he invented Italy.
Dante is a messenger. In theater, the messenger is one who has seen and said. He comes, he speaks his word becomes at once decor, light, people. All his words are theater.
It is summer 2008 it all started in Avignon, in counterpoint to the spectacle of Romeo Castellucci on The Divine Comedy. Valérie Dréville was directing a reading of excerpts from the work with some actors. She combines Serge Maggiani. It keeps this work "the memory a little intoxicating long vacation studious and stunning evening reading in the terrible wind that howled in the Courtyard of the Palace of the Popes."
Those texts, Serge Maggiani wanted to be alone to continue to give them to hear, to see, to imagine. And Valerie Dréville accompanied him on this journey alone.