The Embassy of Italy in Pristina and the National Theatre of Kosovo will be celebrating the astrophysicist Margherita Hack (1922-2013) by staging the monologue entitled “Oceano Margherita”, written by Gabriella Greison. The event, which has been organised to mark Italian Research Day, will take place on Tuesday 10 May 2022. Entrance is free.
“The idea of bringing this performance to Pristina arose from a conversation with the Minister for Education, Arbërie Nagavci, and her deputy, Edona Maloku, whom I wish to thank”, said the Italian Ambassador to Kosovo. “We were speaking about the need to identify new ways to spark interest in the applied sciences among female students and to increase awareness of gender inequalities, which still exist in the world of science. Recounting the life experiences of a great Italian scientist like Margherita Hack, as a model to inspire the new generations, therefore seemed to us an ideal way to help eliminate stereotypes and social prejudices”.
As Gabriella Greison, who in addition to being a playwright and actress also has a degree in physics, underscored: “This text, with which I wanted to pay homage to this Italian scientist in the centenary of her birth, has not been performed before. During the performance we will share Margherita Hack’s most important thoughts and discoveries. We will navigate her sea, a sea of witty remarks and legendary sayings”.
The event – in Italian with Albanian subtitles – has been produced in collaboration with Kosovo’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport.