Chiara Becchimanzi is 32 and lives in Ostia. She studied Performance Art and Science, Theatre Anthropology and Mirror Neurons; she attended the International Academy of Theatre in Rome and has travelled Italy and the world with various theatre companies. Her approach contains elements of stand-up comedy, social satire, traditional Italian comic theatre, slapstick and clowning. This brief biog serves as a backdrop to “Principesse e sfumature”, a one-woman show first staged in 2016 at the Teatro del Lido in Ostia, written and performed by Becchimanzi herself. It’s the lucid and extremely entertaining monologue of someone searching for happiness and trying bravely to find out what it means to be a woman. Chiara takes us away from the blocked logic of the cultural narrative that makes girls - from a very young age - feel small, fragile, dependent and submissive. She debunks this system of thought, examining it with intelligence, irony and stage presence. With an ethnographer’s scrutiny, she probes the social reality that surrounds us from childhood, which implies someone who commands and someone else who is good and obeys; who is good if she is polite, doesn’t complain, if she makes do and doesn’t ask for more. Chiara, on the other hand, declares the importance of listening to ourselves first and foremost, asking ourselves what makes us feel good, and doing it. She brings her own journey to the stage, the journey of an ordinary woman reflecting on her life. Chiara Becchimanzi believes in laughter as an instrument of catharsis, and takes her audience along with her. With “Principesse e sfumature” she unleashes a therapeutic work with clear social usefulness, which - far from providing answers - poses questions and makes us think, conveying a message both lucid and powerful.
The story has been written by Martina Germani Riccardi, writer.