Detail of Postcard Sketch (mountains), 2007. Courtesy Tacita Dean; Frith Street Gallery, London and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris

The Dante Project

6 May1 June 2020
Main Stage
Ballet and dance

Performances of this production have been cancelled as the Royal Opera House is currently closed. Find out about other cancelled performances and how you can donate the cost of your ticket, exchange for a voucher or claim a refund here.

Dante’s Divine Comedy is an epic journey through the afterlife: it encompasses the horrifying drama of Inferno and its damned, the lyrical mysticism of pilgrims on mount Purgatorio and the dazzling spheres of Paradiso with their endless configurations of light. The poem was inspired by the agony of Dante’s own exile, and traces his path from crisis to revelation guided by his literary hero Virgil and his lost love Beatrice. In his new work, The Royal Ballet’s trailblazing Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor creates a world premiere in collaboration with an award-winning team – contemporary conductor-composer Thomas Adès, artist Tacita Dean, lighting designer Lucy Carter and dramaturg Uzma Hameed – to bring us closer to Dante and his extraordinary vision.

Generous philanthropic support from

Julia and Hans Rausing, Sir Lloyd and Lady Dorfman, The Sargent Charitable Trust,  Susan and John Burns,  the John S Cohen Foundation and The Goldhammer Foundation.

Young ROH is generously made possible by

The Bunting Family and Sir Simon Robey.

Music co-commission with

Los Angeles Philharmonic

A co-production with:

Designer Tacita Dean generously supported by The Estate of Howard Hodgkin



CompanyThe Royal Ballet

ChoreographyWayne McGregor

MusicThomas Adès

DesignTacita Dean

Lighting design (part 1)Lucy Carter and Simon Bennison

Lighting design (parts 2-3)Lucy Carter

DramaturgyUzma Hameed


There is lift access and step-free seating to most levels of the Main Stage auditorium, except the Orchestra Stalls, which are reached by a minimum of nine steps. There are more than 100 seats in the Stalls Circle, Balcony and Amphitheatre which are accessible without the need to negotiate steps. In addition, many seats in these areas and in the Donald Gordon Grand Tier and Orchestra Stalls are accessible by 10 steps or fewer. Find out more about accessing the Main Stage Auditorium.