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Bestiale Comedìa, Concerto Dantesco
WhenMon. 20 Sep, 2021
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Anniversaries offer the chance to measure time, time that goes by, with all the changes it entails, yet they also offer the chance to appraise the time that seems to have stood still and remained unchanged, so as to redeem it.
This year marks seven hundred years from the death of Dante Alighieri. It has come across as natural that Vinicio Capossela - artist who has long been focusing his research on ancient personalities and themes, far removed from modern-day codes – has conceived a project that, by drawing upon the Divine Comedy, helps to gain cues to find ones bearing for a Dantean passage across in his repertoire.
While Dante’s was a journey through the real of the dead to save the living, the Bestiale Comedìa, aims to be a voyage across the music and literary imagery to redeem reality from the bewilderment and loss it appears to have sunk into. In keeping with a prophetic vision, in the holy poem redemption is the right path gradually leading from hellish anguish – through the hope in the Purgatory – to heavenly bliss. Yet, today’s human kind lives in a perpetual exile in Time, disoriented, trapped within an mortal realm that feeds on sin, longing for grace. The modern day wayfarer who can only roam in chaos, a sail-less sailor, incapable of steering his boat, with no stars to guide him: a lost soul in the wild and harsh forest of his inner labyrinth, at the core of it he can only be confronted by the merciless Minotaur.
The noble path toward knowledge consist in this descent into a matta bestialitade (reckless beastliness), the first in a long series of journeys among hideous creatures and feral beasts, heroes who have lost their way, gone astray, and then blessed by grace, before coming forth to contemplate the stars. A perilous path, enlightened by Love, that needs Poetry and some reliable guides. These, in this undertaking, will be two exceptional musicians, a small campaign consecrated to reckless flights, the polyhedral Vincenzo Vasi and the virtuous Raffaele Tiseo, who like Virgil and Beatrice will accompany the singer-songwriter-wanderer and provide him with the courage he needs to take on himself as well as the most monumental and extraordinary masterpieces of the history of world literature.
Dante’s afterworld is a perfect theatre for human passion, the fulfilment of a human race lost in incontinence, violence and guile, the scene of a human kind torn by the three sparks of pride, envy and avarice that Dante places at the very beginning of the poem as three wild beasts hindering the path of knowledge. The latter of the three, the most dreadful, is the she-wolf, the greed that defaces the world and mates with endless evils. She does not allow anyone through, her ravenous greed kills everyone.
At the very start of the modern age, Dante prophetically pointed out one of the evils of the present, and at the same time, suggested with his poem that to fully appreciate the abysmal reality, one needs to abandon the realm of the real and wander into the core of the imagination, allowing poetry to redeem reality, thus gaining a glimpse of grace.
“Approaching Dante means approaching the well of human nature. Starting from the funnel-shaped cosmogony of the Comedìa, attraction has always been present.
I started to develop a passion for Dante as a result of an earlier passion. The hero of my youth was the damned, bohemian, the distiller of beauty Amedeo Modigliani. Modigliani, inebriated, used to recite Dante’s verses by heart, while he painted his blank-eyed faces. Hence I tried to recite them by heart too, thus discovering the most sublime form of humanistic prayer. A spiritual experience that, if repeated, leads to a sort of rapture.
The attraction for the human beings, for their myths, for the sublime, for hell, for sin and for virtue, for all that arouses wonder has been guiding my passage through the realm of music and words for fifteen years. There is nothing Dante had not already grasped.
Saints, heroes and depraved, a given attraction for mysticism, a vision of the universe that is not specialized, but encyclopedic, whose subject is nature, the whole of nature, starting from the human nature, are some of the Dantean elements that most appeal to me. The go-between were for me many books, but Dante alone understands them all.”