John Luther Adams: Purgatorio in Dortmund, Germany

Friday, November 15, 2019 to Saturday, February 15, 2020

Ballet by Xin Peng Wang after Dante Alighieri
Music by John Luther Adams and Kate Moore

A man, confused by the circumstances of his time and embittered by his life, gets lost in a seemingly hopeless forest. He believes he has come to an end when a mysterious stranger invites him on a fantastic journey. It leads into the fiery chasms of hell and over the steep heights of the Purification Mountain finally into paradise.

Xin Peng Wang’s dance-like Sphere Show spans three seasons. 2021 – in the 700th year of Dante’s death – all three parts will be united in a single evening in the Ruhr metropolis.

With Purgatorio now the ascent to the dizzying heights of the Refining Mountain is imminent. Many dangers lurk, some hard testing must be passed before we are allowed to pass through the huge flame wall of purgatory. Will we have the strength?


Show Dates:

November 2, 2019
November 15, 2019
November 17, 2019
November 28, 2019
December 13, 2019
January 11, 2020
January 25, 2020
January 31, 2020
February 15, 2020

Opera House Dortmund
Dortmund, Germany