Matera 2019

'Midway upon the journey of our life, I found myself in Matera'. No, Dante’s words have not been changed; this is an initiative by Marco Martinelli and Ermanna Montanari. In fact, it’s a challenge to turn Dante’s masterpiece into a play and to use the whole city of Matera as a stage.

Spectators will make an 'otherworldly' journey through the city, transformed for the occasion into Purgatory. They will each be Dante, a symbol of all humankind and of a journey that each of us has to make.

The play at Matera will be the second part of The Divine Comedy Trilogy 2017- 2021, the first part of which was acted out in 2017 in the streets of Ravenna, transformed into the circles of hell of Dante’s Inferno.

The Public Call for Purgatory will involve local theatre companies and residents from Matera, who are invited to take part in different roles and ways: singing, dancing, making stage sets and costumes and much more, 'cleansed of sin and worthy of ascent to Heaven'.


Teatro delle Albe / Ravenna Teatro, Italy
Marco Martinelli and Ermanna Montanari, Concept, Italy
Luigi Ceccarelli, Music (with the students of "Conservatorio Statale di Musica Ottorino Respighi - Latina"), Italy
Edoardo Sanchi, Staging (with the students of "Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera" - Milano), Italy
Paola Giorgi, Costume designer (with the students of "Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera" - Milano), Italy
Marco Olivieri, Sound, Italy
Fabio Sajiz, Lights, Italy

To take part in this event and in any other event scheduled on the official programme of Matera European Capital of Culture buy the Matera 2019 Passport