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Dante’s Nightmares & Dreams
April 19, 2019 - April 20, 2019
Directed and Conceived by Nick Johnson. Choreographed by Regina Klenjoski.
Dante’s Nightmares and Dreams is a multidisciplinary collaboration between the WSU Dance Program, the WSU Wind Ensemble, the WSU Media Resource Center and Shocker Studios. Dance, live music and film will weave a story about Dante’s descent into hell, an adaptation of The Inferno that takes place in Dante’s mind, a person tortured by dreams of man’s inhumanity to man, a historical look at some of history’s darkest moments. Dante, with the help of his muse, gathers the strength to dispel the darkness in his mind, overcome his fear and solitude, and ascend to a place that celebrates the human spirit defined by ingenuity, innovation and creative potential.
The work first demonstrates the irrationality of man’s decisions to diminish the human condition, to obstruct freedoms, to destroy life itself. The work then reminds us that there are creative impulses that have moved us forward through invention, creative endeavor and the enhancement of the human condition. Dante is steered by his muse to acknowledge activities that bring light and hope rather than succumbing to a dark history that leaves a trail of sadness, futility and desperation. In a sense, the work is a warning to remember the past or be doomed to repeat it.