The Heroine’s Journey of Monica Ciarcelluti

What is the best thing that I love about my work?  

Working on the fragilities of the human beings through a creative objective and transforming those sensitivities into rich and beautiful opportunities by freezing and exposing our fractured reactions and imperfections for the public. I love working in the theatre because it means dealing with the most authentic part of the human condition.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?  

There are only precious instants of happiness that quickly disappear and they happen when I feel in the right place at the right time.

What is my greatest fear?  

To see my daughter growing up in an inhumane and ignorant world where racism and violence is increasing and causing intolerance, verbal violence and aggressive attitudes.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?  

Instinctive. This trait is good for the theatre but I prefer to be able to reflect more on my reactions and keep more distance from my surroundings and my situations.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? 

The people who are able to make strong choices and change quickly directions when necessary.

What is my greatest extravagance? 

My yellow flower flipflop

On what occasion would I lie?  

To save the life of a person

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?  

In Italy it has become very difficult to receive funding and support from the public ministries. Unfortunately this has caused is a cultural handicap. The system is blocked by aimless political lobbying.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?  

When time becomes absent and the world becomes in my imagination. Slowly slowly I see beauty flourishing stronger.

If I could, what would I change about myself?  

My choices when I was growing up. Insecurity and lack of support made things much harder to accomplish and in particular understanding who I am and where I want to be.

What is my greatest achievement in work?  

Big achievements are made up of smaller steps of always producing creative beginnings with new groups of people. Then time will make from all of it a great success.

Where would I most like to live? 

Wherever I find myself able to create and produce, it can be anywhere.

What is my most treasured possession?

My comments in my drama notebooks.

What is my most marked characteristic?

The passion I put into my lessons. As the psychotherapist Massimo Recalcati describes it in his book Lora di Lezione” (The lesson hour) about the heroic relation between the teacher and his work when he writes that one hour of lesson can change the life of the student and the people.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?  

In front of the beach during wintertime. The vastness and tranquility of the Adriatic sea releases my mind from the buzz of the city. I am able to meditate and create at the same time. It is my zen point.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?

Fresh seafood in a Trabocco, typical fishermen houses built on the beach over the water. A glass of Lebanese rose-water lemonade on a hot summer day. A pistachio ice-cream at Caprice.

What books influenced my life and how?

For sure “The Tractatusby Ludwig Wittgenstein during my linguistic studies. Assuming that The limits of my language stand for the limits of my world. is true and helps to understand who are the people we meet, how far and how distant they are from us.

Who are my favorite writers?

Anton Cechov ‘s Short Stories, Federico Garcìa Lorca’s Poetry, lately I red the novel “L’Arminuta” by Donatella Di Pietrantonio, amazing poetic images.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

Heroes by David Bowie

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

All the people that were able to transform their sufferings and their losses into something to fight with for the human rights.

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? 

Woody Allen’s, for sure.

What role plays art in my life and work?

The main role. It is the obsession that I breath with. Space without art is void of any meaning.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?  

My closest collaborators, and the people who trust me.

Whom would I like to work with in 2019?  

I hope to realize the project I am currently working on that combines Lebanese and Middle-Eastern performers and actors. It is called “The Siege” and it is based on the adaptation by Jean Paul Sartre of “The Trojans”. A theme which I am very interested in and which is actual in our times. It poses the questions like what does it mean to be European or not? Who are the winners of yesterday and the winners of today and who are the occupiers and the defeated?. It will be a dance-theatre play. Research and development are in progress at the moment.

Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2019?

To drink a cup of coffee with the director and master Peter Brook.

What project, in 2019 am I looking forward to work on? 

Approdi is the theater project I wrote for refuges that won an open call last year. It is going to be a good challenge.

Where can you see me or my work in 2019?

In March at Spazio Matta in Pescara there will be the premier of Leopardi Universalis, The dialogue of the Earth and the Moon” by Giacomo Leopardi. In the summer, the final presentation to the public of Approdi”, the play that I will create with the refugees and the people waiting for a better life in Europe.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? 

Never give up

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Cecilia Bartoli

How can you contact me?

links: website

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