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Paradiso: Man’s Enduring Search for Perfection

Take passage through the heavenly cosmos and find answers to the obstacles of vanity, ambition and desire.

“A poignant and highly moving piece of choreography. Playful and gracious, it was a pleasure to watch.”
Mary Grace Nguyen

Theatre Blogger, TrendFEM

“The evening is a continual tide of the tranquil and the torrential, in a sense symbolic of the ebb and flow of life.”
Lucy Basaba

Reviewer, Theatrefullstop

“I have been to Paradise and this is what I saw…”

Paradiso: Man’s Enduring Search for Perfection brings together an international creative team and a diverse cast to produce a sensual, earthly choreography. Inspired by the final part of Dante’s Divine Comedy, this 40-minute dance production shares common human struggles performed in an energetic celebration of dance.

This interpretation of the third part of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy is produced by Akademi, with direction and choreography by Jose Agudo, it features an original score by Bernhard Schimpelsberger.

“Turn your gaze heavenward and leave this restless world behind.”

Dante Alighieri, Divine Comedy

Creative Team

Direction and choreography: Jose Agudo
Original score: Bernhard Schimpelsberger
Consultant Dramaturg: Lou Cope
Costume: Martina Trottmann
Producer: Nina Head

Original direction by Hilary Westlake.


Archita Kumar, Carmine De Amicis, Edward Arnold, Ellen Yilma, Francesco Migliaccio, Kamala Devam 

Media Credits

Images: Simon Richardson
Trailer: James Williams