For the first time the Italian Cultural Institute of Toronto presents a show by the Italian contemporary dance company Artemis Danza, as part of the programme of events and celebrations for the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s death. The dancers will accompany the audience on an extravagant journey into Dante’s Inferno with choreographic scenes dedicated to the lost souls that Dante meets in his poetic journey: Caronte, Minosse, Francesca da Rimini, Pier Della Vigna, and Ulysses; characters who contribute to exploring the human soul. The soundtrack alternates original music composed by Luca Vianini and pieces of sacred music by Giuseppe Verdi, interspersed with Dante’s most famous verses. The event will be presented at Toronto’s Fleck Dance Theater; admission is free. The Artemis Danza company is supported by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and by the Emilia Romagna Region. Its founder, Monica Casadei, has acquired a solid background in the techniques of contemporary Western dance in Italy, France and Great Britain. Due to periods she spent in India and China and her experience in the martial arts, there are also some oriental influences at the centre of her work.