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Roberto Benini will perform "Hell" in Athens

01 April 2009 / 11:04:17  GRReporter
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Roberto Benini found a place in everyone’s hearts in 1997, when he played the role of Guido – a happy European accountant, who sees life from its humoristic side and lives in his own imaginary world while Italy is occupied by the Germans. He touches the audience’s hearts by simply saying that despite all…”Life is Beautiful.”

Roberto Benini wins an “Oscar” for his film “Life is Beautoful” and right now he is on a world tour with Dante’s “Divine Comedy” – one of the greatest creations of world literature. Benini’s play is called “Inferno e Paradiso” (Hell & Heaven) and it will be performed in Megaro Mouzikis in Athens on 5th and 6th of May – only for two nights. Out of the three parts of “Divine Comedy,” Benini will play the “Hell.” Especially for his shows in Athens, the Italian comedian chose the fifth song, which tells a story about the concept “love.”

His dynamism, talent, his range of expressiveness, the lyricism and sensuality of his acting genius, his radiance and laughter, with which he “infects” the audience, make Roberto Benini the perfect performer for this mystical text. By using the global improvisation language, the famous Italian actor and director makes “Divine Comedy” understandable by providing a “real high class show.”

Dante’s “Divine Comedy” was written in the period between 1308 and 1321 and its initial title was “Comedy.” “Divine” was added later by Boccaccio in 1355. The work has three parts “Hell,” “Purgatory,” and “Heaven,” and each one consists of 33 songs. The number “three” is included throughout the whole comedy and is a symbol of the Holy Trinity, and each one of the parts ends with the word “star.” In first person, Dante describes one fantastic trip in Hell, which starts on Good Friday – April 8th 1300. He presents it with unbelievable realism by using many details.

The places and the route of the storyteller are described with mathematical precision. When he passes through Hell and the Purgatory, he is accompanied by his teacher Virgil, and during his passing through Heaven he is accompanied by Beatrice, who represents Dante’s ideal of a woman. Most likely this character was taken from the existing Beatrice Portinari.

The ticket sale has already started at the box offices of Megaro Mouzikis. For more information you can call 210-7258510.

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