Convivio On Air and Live 2021


The theme of our Third Edition:


Paradise: To encounter the invisible, express the untellable.

The third canticle is, above all, a sublime fabric of impossibility, a word that, for very different reasons, often marks our current life in the regime of the pandemic. What the pilgrim sees cannot be seen; what Beatrice and the blessed explain to him cannot be understood; what the poet recalls to memory cannot be remembered; what he tells us is utterly indescribable. Thus, rising degree by degree beyond the human condition, of which he too remains a participant, he strives earnestly to rationalize the irrational. Total beauty, total acceptance, the dizzying elation of recognizing oneself in God. Blinded by the supreme vision, the poet faints, returns to Earth, and begins to narrate his ineffable journey. The end is a prelude to the beginning.






Monday 13 September

17.00 – 19.00


Host Lenny Graziani thanks the presidents of the associations

Introduction to Convivio 2021– Lorenzo Bastida SDI


Arezzo Canta Dante (Arezzo sings Dante)Beginning of the complete reading of The Divine Comedy – Inferno I, with Lenny Graziani and pupils Filippo Giovacchini, Eleonora Renzetti, and Matilde Fratini from the Liceo F. Redi in Arezzo


Uscire dalla realtà, entrare nell’eterno: da Par. XXIII a Par. XXXIII (stepping out of reality and into the eternal: from Paradiso XXIII to Paradiso XXXIII) – Alberto Casadei UNIPI – After outlining the fundamental characteristics of Dante’s Paradiso, Casadei highlights its special style and the ‘virtual’ dimension of space-time, up to the final encounter with the Christian Trinitarian God – Videoconference


Il Paradiso delle Piccole Cose (the paradise of small things) – by Roberta Soldani – short film


Fare mente locale: la metafisica dell’immagine o dell’IN-visibile (making a local mind: the metaphysics of the image, of the IN-visible) – P. Giuseppe Barzaghi OP – Fantasy is the poetically privileged place where the visible conceals the invisible. For this reason, it is learned and lofty: fantasy is noble. 15 min. – Videoconference


Mar d’azzurro cielo (the sea of azure sky) – for saxophone by Francesco Folchi


Fonti figurative dell’Indicibile (figurative sources of the untellable) by Laura Pasquini UNIBO – Depicting Paradiso, giving a plausible form to a prayer, to a dogma. Representing the blessed in the Empyrean without allowing excessive concreteness to detract from the timelessness of the mystery – Videoconference


Empireo (the Empyrean) – by Elisabetta Spighi – short film


“… to humbly ask who it was … the ineffable and the encounter in the Paradiso” by Vittorio Montemaggi, KCL. The Paradiso completes the path traced by the Divine Comedy toward divine love, in which all has origin. The closer Dante approaches to this love, the more he has to deal with the ineffable – Videoconference


Trasumanar (transcending the limits of human nature) for voice and guitar, by Carlo Ghirardato


Poche Faville di Paradiso (a few glimmers of Paradise) Part I – by Stefania Maggini – short film – Aesthetic dance between Dante’s verse, music, song, painting, and architecture, proposed as a sensitive restitution of Paradise, a symphony of artistic languages suggesting the human eyes as point of access, dwelling, and reflection of spiritual beauty.



Tuesday 14 September

17.00 – 19.00


Host: Lenny Graziani


Diverse voci fanno dolci note … (different voices make sweet notes…) by Claudio Santori – Music to see as well as to listen to. The kind made “down” on earth and the kind that is “invisible” (and perhaps with no possible connection to the ear): the music in the Paradiso.


Arezzo Canta Dante (Arezzo sings Dante)Complete reading of The Divine Comedy – Inferno II with Giuliana Seccafieno and pupils Chloe Hunter and Sofia Borri of the Liceo Redi


La Virtù di quella Corda (the virtue of that cord) – by Lenny Graziani – short film


Come a l’ultimo suo ciascun artista  Par. XXX, v, 33 (as in his ultimate, each artist, Paradiso XXX, v. 33) by Francesco Valagussa UILM  –  The relationship between “last” and “his,” that is, the link between the “last thing” and its possibility of being conceived/expressed by the artist – Videoconference


Isola di Ascensione (isle of ascension) – for saxophone, by Francesco Folchi


P4R4D1SØ by Francesca Incensi UNIBO – Dante’s mathematical training and the examples relating to “more than how the doubling of chess ranges beyond the thousands” and “the geometer who penetrates deeply into everything.” In both cases Dante is found expressing the ineffable using mathematical metaphors – Videoconference


A la mia mente (in my mind) – for voice and guitar, by Carlo Ghirardato


Luce, l’immateriale reso visibile (light, the immaterial made visible) by Claudio Widmann, Jungian psychoanalyst. In the Paradiso, Dante characterizes light as an expansion of consciousness so as to be able to reach awareness of the Totality – Videoconference


Volgiti e ascolta; chè non pur ne’ miei occhi è paradiso (turn and listen; because not even in my eyes will be Paradise) – solo voice by soprano Lali Mishvelia, music by Toby Ingram


L’universo illimitato ma finito di Dante (the unlimited but finite universe of Dante di Sperello) by Serego Alighieri IAU (19th generation descendent of Dante) – Dante extended the Ptolemaic conception of the universe, with Earth at the center and the nine heavens around this, with a symmetrical structure beyond the ultimate heaven, the Primum Mobile, which is made up of the nine angelic spheres, with God at the center. This structure immediately makes us think of Einstein’s hypersphere, that is, of the structure of the universe deriving from his theory of general relativity – Videoconference


Poche Faville di Paradiso (a few glimmers of Paradise) Part II – by Stefania Maggini – short film


Visit to the exhibition Homage to the Supreme Poet at the Fraternita with Francesca Chieli