In 2021 the JRC SciArt project began facilitating a grass-root initiative on theatre and science called Parola di Donna. This initiative was thought of as a way for female researchers at the JRC to speak up (parola) and occupy space, exploring the socio-cultural and political dimensions of women (donna) in science.
Renowned playwright Angela Dematté - recipient of multiple awards, including Italy's most important acknowledgement for theatre, the premio UBU - and theatre director Simona Gonella conducted workshops with a group of 15 JRC scientists from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. Acclaimed theatre director Andrea Chiodi then joined the team at a later stage in view of production.
They guided the scientists into the world of theatre, and helped them develop a play, which acquired the title Feeling Science: a Theatre Experiment - you'll find a short description hereunder.
1.5 years of deep crossdisciplinary work at the intersections of artistic inquiry and science for policy culminated in a performance on Friday 11th of March 2022, at Teatro Santucci, Varese, Italy. The Feeling Science protagonists and show will return on October 21st in Varese, as part of the series Parola di Donna Varese.