Un Paradiso meraviglioso.

Un Paradiso meraviglioso.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oiez2-LZHN8

Il Paradiso di Emiliano Pellisari e la sua compagnia di danzatori chiude il festival Internazionale della Danza 2012 dell’Accademia Filarmonica Romana e Teatro Olimpico.

In scena fino al 22 Aprile.

Sarà che a 18 anni ho portato alla maturità una tesina che si intitolava “Luci, colori, suoni e danza nel Paradiso di Dante”, sarà che oggi questa cosa l’ho vista per davvero, sarà che ci sono cose che fanno bene al cuore al di là di quello che raccontano, significano, citano, sarà che adoro le nouveau cirque, sarà che Kandinsky è il mio pittore preferito, sarà quel che sarà, ma questo spettacolo è una delle cose più belle che abbia mai visto.

Occhi sbarrati dallo stupore, ho cercato di assaporare ogni momento, ogni quadro una sorpresa. Il Paradiso di Dante riletto attraverso la citazione di quattordici quadri, Dalì, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Fontana, e non sai dove finisca l’arte figurativa e dove inizi la cantica, dove si nasconde la simbologia medioevale, dove invece si manifesti la fede. E poi quei corpi perfetti che sembrano librarsi per aria, forse effetto di una magia o dell’artificio di uno specchio. Bello, bellissimo, stupefacente. Gorgelous.

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Il Paradiso by Emiliano Pellisari and his company of dancers closes the International Dance Festival 2012 of Accademia Filarmonica Romana e Teatro Olimpico.

On stage until 22nd April.

Maybe because at 18 I wrote a paper entitled “Lights, colors, sounds and dance in Dante’s Paradise”, maybe because I saw it today for real,  maybe because there are things that are good for the heart beyond what they say, mean or mention, maybe because I love the nouveau cirque, maybe because Kandinsky is my favorite painter, but this show is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.

Wide-eyed amazement, I tried to savor each moment, each painting a surprise. The Paradise reread through the citation of fourteen paintings, Dali, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Fontana, and do not know where art ends and where the poem begins, where lies the medieval symbology, or where it comes the faith. And then those perfect bodies that seem to hover in the air, maybe a spell or effect of the artifice of a mirror. Beautiful, beautiful, amazing. Gorgelous.

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Gorgelous Eating Design. Dante Alighieri.

Gorgelous Eating Design. Dante Alighieri.

Ho amato Dante Alighieri alla follia. Ho scelto Lettere per amore di Dante, dopo aver esposto ad una commissione di maturità, che sgranava gli occhi, una tesina che si intitolava Luci, colori, suono e danza nel Paradiso di Dante. Mi sono presentata con tavole, scenografie e coreografie, mappe e passi di danza su carta. Poi l’ho letto, riletto, ascoltato le meravigliose letture di Benigni, mi emoziono ancora. Lo trovo sempre attuale, illuminato, anche presuntuoso nell’aver preso tutti i suoi concittadini e averli sistemati per sempre là, in mezzo alle fiamme. Non sappiamo se Ugolino abbia veramente mangiato i suoi figli, ma ormai Dante l’ha detto e, quando pensi ad Ugolino, ti prende un po’ di disgusto. Dopo essermi tuffata di nuovo nel libro, alla ricerca di suggestioni culinarie, ho preparato una cena che iniziava dal primo canto dell’Inferno e finiva con 33° del Paradiso. Ogni ospite a turno, prima di ogni portata ha recitato i versi con intensità. Al foglio del vino eravamo molto brilli. E recitavamo benissimo.

English version

I love Dante Alighieri. And his Divine Comedy. I choosed Italian Literature at University for this, after having delighted a very surprised commission at the final exam in High School with a project called Light, colors, sound and dance, in Dante’s Paradise.

I went there with maps, drawings, music. I’ve been reading that book all my life, several times, I love the way Benigni interprets it, he gives me emotions. I find him very actual, brilliant, he might also seem presumptuos in taking his fellow citizens and having put them in flames for ever. We do not know if Ugolino really ate his sons, but the way he tells us, make us feel disgusted about it. After having read the book again for one week, looking for culinary ideas, I prepared a meal which started from the first canto of Inferno and ended with the 33rd of Paradise. Every guest had to read words aloud, before eating, and when at the end after a lot of wine, we were very very good in doing it.

First course

Hell, Canto 1

In the midway of this our mortal life,

I found me in a gloomy wood, astray

Gone from the path direct: and e’en to tell

It were no easy task, how savage wild

That forest, how robust and rough its growth,

Which to remember only, my dismay

Renews, in bitterness not far from death.

Small forest of Rucola salad with celery icecream and pink pepper.

Second course

Hell, Canto 3

Then all together sorely wailing drew

To the curs’d strand, that every man must pass

Who fears not God.  Charon, demoniac form,

With eyes of burning coal, collects them all,

Beck’ning, and each, that lingers, with his oar

Strikes.  As fall off the light autumnal leaves,

One still another following, till the bough

Strews all its honours on the earth beneath;

Small ship with eyes of burning coal, in a sea of chickpeas where clams are drowning.

Third course

Hell, Canto 32

Who are these two, the valley, whence his wave

Bisenzio slopes, did for its master own

Their sire Alberto, and next him themselves.

They from one body issued; and throughout

Caina thou mayst search, nor find a shade

More worthy in congealment to be fix’d,

Basilic jelly with fried mint leaves, and red pepper icecream.

Fourth course

Purgatory, Canto 22

Methinks, aloft may climb.  Upon the side,

That clos’d our path, a liquid crystal fell

From the steep rock, and through the sprays above

Stream’d showering.  With associate step the bards

Drew near the plant; and from amidst the leaves

A voice was heard: “Ye shall be chary of me;”

Rock of Beef Fillet with liquid crystal Acacia honey, pistachios on bay leave and mushroom.

 

Fifth course

Purgatory, Canto 22

Methinks, aloft may climb.  Upon the side,

That clos’d our path, a liquid crystal fell

From the steep rock, and through the sprays above

Stream’d showering.  With associate step the bards

Drew near the plant; and from amidst the leaves

A voice was heard: “Ye shall be chary of me;”

Salads of small herbs, flowers and radish.

Sixth course

Paradise, Canto 33

But that my vision quickening, in that sole

Appearance, still new miracles descry’d,

And toil’d me with the change.  In that abyss

Of radiance, clear and lofty, seem’d methought,

Three orbs of triple hue clipt in one bound:

And, from another, one reflected seem’d,

As rainbow is from rainbow: and the third

Seem’d fire, breath’d equally from both.  Oh speech

Triad of white icecreams, white chocolate, white almond, and rice, with jasmine and golden current.

For the Wine: the only wine that Dante mentions is Vernaccia, in Purgatory, Canto 24.

From the slopes of the medieval hill town of San Gimignano comes this excellent example of Tuscany’s finest white, Vernaccia, which is considered the finest local white grape in Tuscany. This version is from a single vineyard of a small quality producer. Fresh and lively, it has delicate floral aromas, a silky texture and a fine unoaked finish. Dry and crisp, it is lush in texture without being oaky. This is one of those deceptively simple Italian white wines which you just want to keep on sipping. Recommended Food Pairings: Sauteed delicate fish; pasta with seafood sauce; shellfish risotto; ricotta, mozzarella and other mild cheeses.

Concept, food, illustration and photo by Gorgelous. Per leggere i versi cliccare sulle foto.

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