Should one choose between science and art? According to Belén Pasqualini, there is no need to do so. The Ateneo Theater of the City of Knowledge recently opened its doors to welcome the Argentinian actress for “Christiane: a scientific bio-musical,” a one-woman show developed and performed by herself. The work is based on the life of Belén’s paternal grandmother, Christiane Dosne de Pasqualini, the first woman admitted to the National Academy of Medicine of Argentina, a scientific researcher of experimental medicine in leukemia and a disciple of the researcher and Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1947, Bernardo A. Houssay.
We spoke with Belén about the relationship between culture and science, the challenges women face in this arena, her life philosophy and her grandmother’s legacy.