By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS
The renowned Italian dance group No Gravity is slated to headline the 49th edition of Mexico’s International Cervantino Festival (FIC) in Guanajuato in October.
The group will perform a multidisciplinary live and virtual presentation based on Dante Alighieri’s Inferno, with a mind-boggling display of synchronized, gravity-defying ballet.
Inferno is part of the troupe’s three-part opus of Dante’s Divine Comedy, choreographed by Emiliano Pellisari. Set to music by Johann Sebastian Bach and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and using techniques of Baroque theater, modern dance and acrobats, the nude performance is intended to reconstruct the route of souls in Dante’s epic work.
The festival, which is set to run from Oct. 13 through Oct. 31 in a hybrid in-person and online format in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato, will also include performances by Georgia’s Theater Studio and Marjanishvili Theater, offering a romantic adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” and a Bollywood extravaganza by India’s Taka Dimi Ta, as well as a breathtaking show by China’s National Opera.
The No Gravity performance will be held on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.
The public will be able to access the entire FIC festival from anywhere in the world, through festivalcervantino.gob.mx and the Contigo en la Distancia platform with youenladistancia.cultura.gob.mx.
The performances will also be transmitted on the Public Broadcasting System of the Mexican State (SPR), Channel 22 and the Guanajuato Television Unit (TV4).