Year: 2010/ 2011
Lenght: 60 min
The Game of the Princess is a drama based on biographical, iconographic and historical documents about the extraordinary life of Cristina di Belgiojoso, a Milanese Countess with a multifaceted life.
As a noblewoman with political aspirations, the Countess di Belgiojoso finds herself living through the key places and the decisive events of the Italian struggle for Unification: the Genoa of Mazzini, the Paris of Lafayette, the Revolution of ’48, the Milanese uprising (in which Countess di Belgiojoso led 200 Neapolitan volunteers to Rome), the tragic events of the Roman Republic and her exile to a remote village east of Ankara, which was connected with the life of the harem.
The text, which embodies the relationship between history and creative fiction, shows how theater can serve as a domain for developing the motives, feelings and emotions of historical figures.
The text contains 12 characters and was presented in the form of a staged reading at the conference L'Histoire derrière le Rideau: Ecritures scéniques du Risorgimento at the Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art (INHA) in Paris.