"Le LA du Monde" (Dante's Divine Comedy read by Humanity)
To share together Dante's message of unity, love and peace in a polyphony of voices in all the different languages of the world.
"Le LA du Monde" (Dante's Divine Comedy read by Humanity)
Choreographer, tap-dancer, dancer, and videographer, since 2006 I've been filming throughout the world numerous men and women reading a passage of Dante's Divine Comedy, each in their own language.
As of today, I filmed more than 2,000 people, in more than 40 different languages and dialects and in more than 600 places. The goal is to have all the continents represented.
This crowdfunding will be used to complete filming particularly in the Asian continent.
- Celebrating on September 14, 2021, the 700th Anniversary of Dante's death.
- Realizing a worldwide installation entitled Divine Babel : the simultaneous screening of the film Le LA du Monde with the 100 cantos of the Comedy projected on 100 screens, located in 100 different places around the world.
- Representing all continents to make this Babel truly devine
- Supporting a collective, original, unique work
- Completing all filming within the celebration date of 2021 (it's tomorrow already…)
- Preserving the liberty to operate, create all thanks to you
- Financing filming in the Asian continent
- Highlighting the message of unity, love and peace that Dante brings to earth
- Recomposing through images Dante's universal poem in a living fresco
- Reflecting the diversity of people, cultures and heritage
- Blending together our languages, our spiritualities, our spaces, our temporalities
- Giving access to knowledge and learning, to the stories and science hidden within this fundamental work
There is no doubt that Dante's work, with its universal power, can certainly travel through the centuries to speak to us today, in our world of emergency, of Inferno, of Purgatory, of Paradise.
With the heartfelt and profound belief that the Comedy (renamed Divine Comedy a century after Dante's death) is a prophetic work that bears in itself the mystery of its survival, of its outstanding vividness and of its growing notoriety.
The idea is to confront the Asian world through the mystical experience of Dante's western thought.
Shooting locations :
Moscow (10 days), Trans-Siberian railway (15 days) to Vladivostok (3 days), Japan (20 days), South Korea (10 days), China (25 days), Mongolia (10 days), India (30 days), Georgia (10 days), Armenia (15 days).
In famous locations such as The Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China
in natural environments like Lake Baikal (Russia), Mount Fuji (Japan), the Gobi Desert (Mongolia)
in holy places like the Bulguksa Temple (Korea), the Tatev Monastery (Armenia), the Temple of the Sun at Konark (India)
in places of every day life like the market in Kutaisi, the garden of the Cafe Littera in Tbilisi (Georgia) …etc.
- Bringing Dante's Adam's tree to the tree of Bodh Gaya where Buddha had the Enlightenment - Purgatory XXXII
- Resuscitating Dante's Argonauts in the Georgian Caucasus - Paradise XXXIII
- Connecting Mosca “the Third Rome” with Constantine's Empire - Paradise VI
- Going to Confucius's tomb to introduce him to Aristoteles – Inferno IV
This has been the ritual since the first shots in 2006. Readers choose their own world, opening the book at any point and reading the page in front of them. And we all know that chance is never really just that!
Tap dancer, contemporary dancer, tap dancer, coreographer, videographer, editor, art is a way of life for Ghislaine Avan.
In 1995 she's in New York taking classes from the great tap-dancer Chuck Green and in the year 2000 she obtains the Fulbright student grant to further develop her technique with Roxane Butterfly e Max Pollak.
In 1997 Ghislaine Avan opens the Compagnie Tempo Cantabile (a public utility association, Law 1901) with herself as artistic director.
In the bosom of her Compagnie, Ghislaine renews the choreographic language of tap dance. Her involvement touches equally the worlds of dance and contemporary music and she collaborates with numerous musicians like Claude Barthélemy (Orchestre National de Jazz - Paris), Lorenzo Pagliei (IRCAM - Paris), Francesco Casciaro (TEMPO REALE - Firenze), Didier Ythurssary, Ramon Lopez, Hélène Breschand, Alexandre Yterce.
For her choreography research, she gains support in France from institutions such as the Ministry of Culture, the Pays de la Loire Region, the General Council of the Sarthe, the City of Le Mans, CNC (Dicréam), the General Council of Val-de-Marne, SACEM, ADAMI, SPEDIDAM, ARCADI.
In 2006 she started the multimedial works based on the Comedy « Trasumanar » in the fields of Performing Arts and Visual Arts.
Seuil (Threshold,) a choreogrphic ensemble of ten shows/events inspired by the Poem of which four have already been realizedThe Comedy sensations a series of sensory performances to discover/experience the poem through the five senses.
Le LA du Monde is a film in progress that began in 2006 and is still expanding. This audiovisual material opens a wide range of possible realizations in the field of Cinema, figurative arts, information and communication technologies.
Le LA du Monde : an integral version of the Comedy in all languages. This 24h film will be further/equally adapted into a shorter TV version of 50' and a longer 90' movie version.
Le Visage de la Comédie (The Face of the Comedy) artistic documentary realized in 2015, produced by Ravenna Festival that has received UNESCO patronage.
Divine Babel : 2021 celebration, a living fresco of images that blend together in a symphony of voices and faces.
The Angels of the Comedy : Photo installation, a series of portraits of readers and film shoots.
Immersion in Dante : 3D Installation "Sphère Numérique" Valenciennes (24-25 may 2018)
Dante's World Map : a numeric work that allows you to have an interactive tactile experience on the image of a world map
A Web-Documentary : translation of Dante's Comedy in IT language, a Cyber Poem, an interactive space to travel through the body of Dante's Poem.
The Dante Alighieri App: a geo-location based mobile-app to access the filmed readings via google-map
A Cyber Community born through social media and growing at every new shoot and encounter.
Allocation of funds
The requested amount of EUR 6,105 covers only basic travel expenses as well as insurance and visa costs for 133 days of filming.
If we include to that food and lodging and the presence of a guide for some leg of the journey, the budget rises to a total of EUR 12,727.
Costs per country :
Russia EUR 300.00 Moscow (10 days) EUR 590 Transiberiana (15 days) EUR 1,635 Vladivostok (3 days) Eur 87 Japan (20 days) EUR 1,920 Korea (10 days) EUR 770 China (25 days) EUR 950 Mongolia (10 days) EUR 520 India (30 days) EUR 1,090 Georgia (10 days) EUR 1,090 Armenia (15 days) EUR 515
The total sum of these costs is part of yet another budget of EUR 25,454 that would allow me to have a second director and photographer by my side who could chronicle the film shoots, the making-of and the encounters that are just as important as the actual film shoots.
Finally, the ideal budget, which includes all costs and technical material would be of EUR 57,434.
Reaching the goal of EUR 6,105 would allow me, and my lucky star, to start the journey.
If we could reach EUR 12,727, I would be in Seventh Heaven flying lightly floating in the air in the towards the Land of the Rising Sun.
Reaching the third budget level, would double our energy, our enthusiasm, our joy and our images!
This is our dream … how could we not continue hoping ?!?
"LOVE makes we us become what we LOVE" Saint Augustine