Purgatorio, Design: Tacita Dean, 2021 Courtesy the artist; Frith Street Gallery, London and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris

The Dante Project

1430 October 2021
The performance lasts about 2 hours 45 minutes, including two intervals.
Main Stage
Ballet and dance

Presented as part of the 700th anniversary celebrations of the poet’s death, Dante’s epic journey through the afterlife, The Divine Comedy, is realised in a major artistic collaboration between trailblazing forces of the contemporary arts scene.

In an inaugural co-production with Paris Opera Ballet and music co-commission with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Wayne McGregor’s groundbreaking choreography comes together with a virtuoso new score by one of the most influential musicians of the 21st Century, composer-conductor Thomas Adès, and designs by the acclaimed artist Tacita Dean, celebrated for her pioneering and poetic work across film and other mediums. With esteemed lighting designer Lucy Carter and dramaturg Uzma Hameed, the creative team unite in this three-part work for the full Company to illuminate the extraordinary vision of Dante.

Image: Purgatorio, Design: Tacita Dean, 2021, Courtesy the artist; Frith Street Gallery, London and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris

Please note there are bright lights in Paradiso: Poema Sacra
Approximate running times
Part I: 50 minutes
Interval: 30 minutes
Part II: 25 minutes
Interval: 30 minutes
Part III: 30 minutes

Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor generously supported by

Tina Taylor

Generous philanthropic support from

Julia and Hans Rausing, Mr and Mrs Baha Bassatne, Sir Lloyd and Lady Dorfman, The Sargent Charitable Trust and the Friends of Covent Garden


Watch on ROH Stream from Friday 29 October 2021.

Cast sheets

A co-production between

The Royal Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet

Music co-commission with

Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel, Music and Artistic Director



Cast may vary depending on date. Go to dates and prices to view casting.


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.

If you have concerns about how our Covid-19 safety measures may affect your access requirements, please contact BoxOffice.Access@roh.org.uk.



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