Divine Comedy (Grade 2+)

  • Divine Comedy (Grade 2+)

Divine Comedy (Grade 2+)



Music Files Below (left click to listen, right click to download)

1.  The Journey Begins
2.  The Inferno
3.  Purgatorio
4.  Paradiso

Composer:  J.R. Trimpe, Joseph Kuerzi
Total Time:  6:51

The Divine Comedy (Italian: Divina Commedia) is an epic poem written by Dante Alighieri between 1308 and his death in 1321. It is widely considered the preeminent work of Italian literature, and is seen as one of the greatest works of world literature. The poem is written in the first person, and tells of Dante's journey through the three realms of the dead, lasting from the night before Good Friday to the Wednesday after Easter in the spring of 1300. The Roman poet Virgil guides him through Hell and Purgatory; Beatrice, Dante's ideal woman, guides him through Heaven.
A quick internet search will provide a wide variety of images that you can use for inspiration for your overall look. From the surreal, to the scary and even whimsical, there is no shortage of visual ideas to choose from. Once you have decided which direction you will take for your visual theme, you can begin to create backdrops, floor coverings and props. 
You will also need to decide exactly who is going to be taking this journey. Will it be the auxiliary only or the entire band? One suggestion is for the auxiliary to portray the Dante character while the band and pit are the “perils” (antagonistic visuals will help present this). Another suggestion is for everyone to be on the journey and thus the visuals would reflect fear, anguish and so on. Either presentation would work great, just make sure to pick one idea and stick with it from beginning to end.
Your costuming is another area that can really sell this show. The auxiliary (and band proper if they are portraying Dante-type characters) should have many layers of fabric to give a ripped and tattered appearance. Extra makeup can also add to the effect of traveling into the underworld. Your flag color choices should make the mood of each song. Ranging from fiery colors in the opener, through darker and darker hues and finally ending the show with vibrant colors and metallic fabrics

Other options for “Divine Comedy:
1) Volcano! Imagine a giant volcano (oh, the fun your prop parents could have with this) that threatens to erupt and run all over your performance.

2) Select a poem by Edgar Allen Poe: J.R.’s music would make a great background for “The Raven”, “The Tell-Tale Heart” or even the “Fall of the House of Usher”