The Heroine’s Journey of Cordelia Stagno D’Alcontrès

What is the best thing that I love about my work? The first important question I should answer is: what do I really do in my work? Ok, I’m performer and actress, I work in parallel in the field of live-poetry and I update a Facebook diary, where I write inspirations, reflections, ideas for new projects and stories from my everyday life (it’s my official front office). But what do I do, really, in my work? I look for ways to exist, I explore planes of existence. For this reason, I have chosen to start a new life as a woman: because I didn’t seem to exist enough as a man. So, the best thing that I love about my work is this: to take the opportunity to exist.

What is my idea of happiness? To walk, to walk, to walk, to walk: on unknown roads, with someone I love, under the shining sun of an endless summer. 

What is my greatest fear? The solitude of the soul, when my deepest voice don’t get heard. It’s the situation I lived for so many years with my parents, and with my family in general. Please, parents, let your children realize themselves, not your missed dreams.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? When I’m sad I get lost, and sometimes it takes a lot to find an exit from the darkness

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? I admire people who have a special power to overcome the force of gravity, and it is not important what is their profession. Examples? A performer: Marina Abramovic; a dancer: Dominique Mercy; a photographer: Boris Mickailov; a musician: Meredith Monk; a magician: Alejandro Jodorowsky

What is my greatest extravagance? Drinking red wine in glass-globes, walking barefoot in the city streets, in the summer nights

On what occasion would I lie? After booking a satisfactory re-incarnation

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Waste time in technical details

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? During an artistic residency with my team, hosted by a cultural center in Zagreb: post-industrial atmosphere, a botanical garden around the corner, open mind people, artists from different countries, an excellent working group, a good artistic project, total freedom of expression, shared kitchen.

If I could, what would I change about myself? I would love to have a smaller nose, nice feet and two bigger wings

What is my greatest achievement in work? To create a little spell:  it can be a gesture, a look, a kiss, a word, a smile, a scream, a confession:  something that involves me and the others, before time runs away forever

Where would I most like to live? I would like to live in many different big cities, but there is only one place where I would like to spend my old age: the island of Rab. 

What is my most treasured possession? My DNA What is my most marked characteristic?
I can be unpredictable

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? In Turin I love to walk on the Po riverside, between Vittorio Emanuele Bridge and Umberto I Bridge

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city? The Abrate Coffee What books influenced my life and how? The italian stories of Donald Duck, written by Romano Scarpa

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Starla and Landslide, by Smashing Pumpkins

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? I’m not interested in fiction hero or heroine

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? The strong woman and the crazy men

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? Wings of Desire, by Wim Wenders

What role play stories in my life and work? The stories are very important. But not those told by the human voice. I am interested in the stories told by the silence: those behind the windows, those of the unknown people in the crowd, those who live in the parks, in the mirrors, in the lights of the street lamps, in the walls of the buildings, in the markets, in the flight of birds, in the river light.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me? That it is important to write with clean words and good rhythm

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My partner and my best friends

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2021? First: I’m member of a multimedia collective. We have produced a feature film, “Sbazooka – An Exploding Woman’s Story”, in which I am screenwriter and actress, but we need help for the promotion and distribution. Second: I’d love to publish my first short story collection with one of these publishers: Einaudi, Feltrinelli, Fandango, Neri Pozza.

Which people in my profession who can make a real difference in my creative career would i love to meet in 2021? 1. Sonia Barba, director of Postribulo Poetico, Barcelona.2. The Poetry Brothel Association – Berlin / Dublin / London / New York / Paris

What project, in 2021, am I looking forward to work on? Two music video as actress, an artistic residency in Zagreb and a new poetry-performance. But I also have a crazy dream: to work as a model for a stylist (ok, I have no experience, I’m not so young and I have a size zero breast, but I’m pretty sexy, I have long legs and and I’m able to smoke a cigarette with a lot of transport).

Where can you see me or my work in 2021? First possibility: mid spring, in Zagreb (if confirmed)

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? That until the last day of life I can hope to realize my masterpiece

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Lucia Falco, an italian theatre director

How can you contact me?
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