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The Spectators' Odyssey - o dell’Inferno



The Spectators' Odyssey - o dell’Inferno

DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT) with the support of TO Live in association with the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto, the Embassy of Italy in Canada, and Villa Charities present the World Premiere of



November 2 to November 14

St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts
27 Front Street East
Toronto | ON

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Created by Daniele Bartolini, artistic director of the internationally acclaimed, Italian-Canadian company DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT), The Spectators' Odyssey - o dell’ Inferno is a natural evolution of the internationally acclaimed "audience-specific" theatre work by DLT in Canada, England, India and most recently at La Biennale di Venezia Teatro in 2020.

It is an immersive, contemporary multimedia theatrical experience that takes the audience behind the scenes of two of Toronto’s most iconic buildings, making the audience the central character in the narrative they experience.

Delve into an interactive live theatrical adventure inspired by Dante’s Inferno and Homer’s The Odyssey. Immerse yourself in an epic world that blurs the line between reality and fiction.

The terms 'Odyssey' and 'Inferno' are used as metaphors and re-imagined to be two distinct epic journeys for the audience: BLUE and RED. In BLUE, audiences journey through the remote parts of the backstage areas of the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, rediscovering what it means to be a “spectator”. In RED, audiences venture through the streets of the surrounding neighbourhood, finding themselves inside the St. Lawrence Market after-hours – a place of exchange where worlds meet through stories.

The project borrows the great sense of wonder of the poems that inspired it, with each audience member becoming a modern-day Ulysses and Dante: a voyager. The show is deeply enriched by the participation of its audience as it unfolds, generating a sense of community among the spectators as they transform from audience into player and become the centre of the narrative.

With a limited audience of eight with timed entrances, The Spectators’ Odyssey - o dell'Inferno is perfectly conceived to not only meet the challenges of live performance during a pandemic but also offer a tantalizing and innovative way to experience theatre today.

The stellar international creative team of Italian and Canadian artists includes video direction by Canadian filmmaking legend Bruce MacDonald poet and writer Luke Reece, choreographer Esie Mensah, co-Director, Technical Director and Sound Designer Matteo Ciardi, Montreal based singer Fred Péloquin, journalist and writer Megan Williams, experimental musician Andrea Gozzi, Italian-Canadian performer Maddalena Vallecchi Williams and many more.