Akademi, paradiso, dante, british library, anthony gormley, hilary westlake, melanie pappenheim

“…this is a weighty production, yet inventive and unbounded”

Rupert Thomson – Senior Programmer, Performance and Dance, Southbank Centre


Paradiso is a new outdoor 40-minute cross-arts commission inspired by the final part of Dante’s Divine Comedy and the astrological influences of the Navagrahas (nine planets) of Hindu mythology. Dante, led by his beloved Beatrice through the planetary spheres to Heaven, is confronted en-route by the diverse spiritual inhabitants of the celestial world of the afterlife.

Paradiso is directed by Hilary Westlake (renowned for her large-scale work with Artichoke and Disney) and choreographed by Jose Agudo (Assistant Choreographer to Akram Khan). It is performed by a cast of six dancers (combining South Asian and western contemporary disciplines) and two actor/singers, featuring a newly-composed music score by Bernhard Schimpelsberger.

Best programmed for multiple day time shows for a family audiences, lighting design is available for evening and/or heading performances.