Divine Comedy

Divine Comedy is a co-production by Bitef Teater and Budva City Theatre Festival. Dante’s work is placed in the present-day is highly poetic, and at moments grotesque. The hypnotic vision of paradise, hell and purgatory of the 21st century in a choreography by Edward Clug. Coming to Španski Borci within EN-KNAP’s Import Export programme on 29 June.

The Divine Comedy and was warmly received on its premiere in August 2011 at the Budva City Theatre Festival. The performance is choreographed by Edward Clug, artistic director of Slovene National Theatre Maribor, who has also previously collaborated with EN-KNAP on 10 MIN Project with his choreography 9:24.

Bitef Dance Company was founded in 2009 in the Belgrade theatre Bitef, and consists of eight permament members of the company with some guest appearances. In the past two years, they created nine dance performances and toured across Serbia with them. It collaborates with internationally acclaimed choreographers, among them Matjaž Farič, Branko Potočan and Edward Clug.

Španski Borci, 29 June at 20:00

Admission free. 

The performance will be shown within Summer in Moste Festival. The festival, which will take place on 29 and 30 June, is a coproduction by Španski Borci / EN-KNAP and Etno Club Zlati Zob. Both on Friday and Saturday an attractive programme including dance and theatre performances, music concerts and children’s workshops will be presented from afternoon onwards on both locations. Admission free for the entire festival.

"The idea to present Divine Comedy in a dance form seems both challenging and suicidal ... In my adaptation Hell is located in a standard dance dompetition, where the dancers are both competitors and judges. The form of standard dances aptly describes the criteria according to which individuals are judged in contemporary society: they have to be perfect, competitive, fiendishly beautiful, and wear a number, one that has to be monitored closely but can be replaced at any moment...

Hell, we shall meet in Paradise! This is the idea and motive behind our journey.

Welcome aboard!"

Edward Clug

Concept and Choreopraphy: Edward Clug
Muisc: Borut Kržišnik and Milko Lazar
Costume Design: Maja Mirković
Assistant to Costume Designer: Biljana Tegeltija Bojanić
Scene Concept: Edward Clug
Light Design Edward Clug
Bitef Dance Company (Bitef dens kompanija): Ašhen Ataljanc, Nikola Tomašević, Strahinja Lacković, Miloš Isilović, Uroš Petronijević, Ana Ignjatović Zagorac, Nevena Jovanović, Milica Jević
Alternationa: Nemanja Naumoski, Miona Petrović.
Ballet Teacher: Marija Janković
Premiere: Budva City Theatre, 7 August 2011
Photos: Jelena Janković
Organisation: Danka Milenković
Technical Director: Ljubomir Radivojević

Co-production: Bitef Theatre and Budva City Theatre

The performance will be presented within Import-Export programme by EN-KNAP Productions which monthly brings acclaimed international productions from contemporary performing arts to Španski Borci, Ljubljana.