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History & Politics, Literature, Theater & Dance

Lovers’ Letters

In Italian with English Supertitles

October 18, 2023
6:30 pm

Theatrical Performance
Lovers’ Letters

Giulia Cowie
Alice Lussiana Parente
Massimo Zordan

Directed by
Laura Caparrotti
Artistic Director, KIT – Kairos Italy Theater
Casa Italiana Theater Company in Residence

From an idea by
Laura Caparrotti and Ida Caiazza

On the occasion of the international symposium
Eros: Thinking, Feeling, Writing Love from Classical Antiquity to Early Modernity
(Oct. 12-13)

In ITALIAN with ENGLISH supertitles

Love conquers all. Or is it lust? Or just the idea of love? Or the idea of lust, for that matter? As studied by Prof. Ida Caiazza, director of the international symposium Eros: Thinking, Feeling, Writing Love from Classical Antiquity to Early Modernity (taking place at Casa Italiana on October 12-13), the letters making up this theatrical presentation bring to us a number of true stories that took place between the mid-1500s and the mid-1600s. We will meet Emilia Fiorentina, a married woman who tried to make sense of her passion through her Catholic faith; we will get a taste of the spicy affair between Alvise Pasqualigo and a certain Vittoria; and we will discover the attempts made by the Catholic poet Ansaldo Cebà to convert the young Jewish poet Sara Copia Sullam whom he had fallen for.

This event is part of the research project Women Thinking Love. A Gendered History of Emotions in Renaissance and Post-Tridentine Italy (1500-1650). This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant Agreement no 101024624.