“Creatura – Va’ – Vivi nel tuo raggio”. Antonio e Cleopatra di Eleonora Duse e Arrigo Boito.

Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice
plus Jan, 30Jul, 02 2020

As part of the activities being organised by the National Committee for the Celebrations of the Centenary of the Death of Arrigo Boito (1918-2018), the Institute of Theatre and Opera is staging the exhibition “Creature – Go – Live in Your Ray of Sunlight”. Antonio and Cleopatra by Eleonora Duse and Arrigo Boito.


Curated by Maria Ida Biggi, the exhibition reconstructs the artistic collaboration between the actress and the celebrated writer, composer and intellectual, who was for a long time an important point of reference for the great Diva and her dramatic art. 


This exhibition follows on from Eleonora Duse and Arrigo Boito, the 2018 show in which the Institute of Theatre and Opera presented for the first time a selection of papers from the Boito Archive. This year’s exhibition sheds new light on Antonio and Cleopatra, one of the three Shakespearean plays that Boito translated and adapted to Eleonora Duse’s stage presence and style of performance. The fascinating archive material on show includes manuscripts, stage photographs and the correspondence between the actress and the writer discussing the production of Antonio and Cleopatra.


Open to the public since 2011, Eleonora Duse’s Room was created with the aim of providing access for anyone interested in the valuable heritage preserved in the Duse Archive. The exhibition can only be visited after booking by calling 041 2710236 or writing to teatromelodramma@cini.it.