The Dante Project

The Dante Project

The Royal Ballet

Wayne McGregor

Thomas Adès

Set and Costume Design
Tacita Dean 

Lighting Design
Act I (Inferno): Lucy Carter and Simon Bennison 
Act II and III: Lucy Carter

Uzma Hameed

Premiere date and venue
Inferno (Act I): 12 July 2019, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Music Center, Los Angeles, California, USA
The Dante Project: October 2021, The Royal Opera House, London, UK

The Dante Project is an epic journey through the afterlife, inspired by Dante’s 'Divine Comedy'.

This world premiere for The Royal Ballet features a new collaboration between Wayne McGregor and celebrated visual artist Tacita Dean alongside composer Thomas Adès, lighting designer Lucy Carter and dramaturg Uzma Hameed.

The first act of the work, Inferno, premiered in July 2019 at the Music Center in Los Angeles as part of a mixed programme celebrating the collaborative works of composer Thomas Adès and Wayne McGregor.

Commissioned by The Royal Ballet.  
Music co-commission with Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Inferno was commissioned as a creative partnership between Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center, The Royal Ballet, Company Wayne McGregor, and the LA Phil with generous support from the Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg Fund.

Image artwork by Tacita Dean.