March 25, 2021 – June 30, 2021
Multilingual Reading Series
Toronto Salutes Dante
Dante’s Inferno as you’ve never heard it.
Dante, known as the father of the Italian language, was born in Florence in 1265 and died in Ravenna in 1321.
His epic poem, The Divine Comedy, is considered an iconic masterpiece of medieval literature that has inspired poets and writers worldwide through the centuries.
The Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto kicks off its collaboration with the network of fellow Institutes in the USA with “Toronto Salutes Dante”, as part of the DANTE 700 series of events marking the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s passing.
Presented in collaboration with the University of Toronto Department of Italian Studies and the E. Goggio Chair in Italian Studies, Toronto Salutes Dante features more than thirty Canada-based guests who read Dante’s Inferno in various languages, several for the first time. In addition to ten different Italian dialects, there are represented American Sign Language, Anishinaabemowin, Arabic, Bulgarian, English, Farsi, French, German, Latin, Mandarin, Portuguese, Québécois, Russian, Sanskrit, Slovak, Spanish, Stoney Nakoda, Swedish, Thai, and Ukrainian. In 15-minute clips, well-known personalities of the Canadian public and cultural life, professors, and students at the University of Toronto, and members of the Italo-Canadian community share their voices and fresh memories of the most important Italian author in world literature.
Listen to Dante’s Inferno as you have never heard before it on the YouTube channel of the Department of Italian Studies at the University of Toronto March 25th to June 2021.
From an original idea of Elisa Brilli, George Ferzoco, and Nicholas Terpstra. Sponsored by the Department of Italian Studies, the Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies at the University of Toronto, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Toronto, and Villa Charities.
Friday, April 02 | Inferno 2 & 3 | Latin & Abruzzese
Friday, April 09 | Inferno 4 & 5 | Swedish & Portuguese
Friday, April 16 | Inferno 6, 7 & 8 | Chinese (Mandarin), Italian, Ukrainian
Friday, April 23 | Inferno 9 & 10 | Triestino & Florientine
Friday, April 30 | Inferno 11, 12 & 13 | Italian, American Sign Language, Genovese
Friday, May 07 | Inferno 14 & 15 | Russian & Calabrese
Friday, May 14 | Inferno 16, 17 & 18 | German, Sicilian, Slovak
Friday, May 21 | Inferno 19 & 20 | Thai & French
Friday, May 28 | Inferno 21, 22 & 23 | Veneziano, Arabic & Italian
Friday, June 04 | Inferno 24 & 25 | Spanish & Pistoiese
Friday, June 11 | Inferno 26, 27 & 28 | Italian, Bulgarian, Farsi (Persian)
Friday, June 18 | Inferno 29 & 30 | German & French
Friday, June 25 | Inferno 31, 32 & 33 | Italian, English, Sanskrit
Wednesday, June 30 | Inferno 34 | Stoney Nakoda
Sponsored by the University of Toronto Department of Italian Studies and E. Goggio Chair in Italian Studies, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto and presented in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington DC.