The Heroine’s Journey of Chiara Maxia

What is the best thing that I love about my work? Transforming ideas into something concrete. There is some kind of magic in that.

What is my idea of happiness? Excitement for what’s next and disregard for what’s been.

What is my greatest fear? I don’t share my fears.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I can be over-wary (see answer above)

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? Luckily for me there are many people I admire. But if I have to pick a few I’ll go for Jane Birkin and her daughters Charlotte and Lou – an iconic trio of multidisciplinary artists.

What is my greatest extravagance? For a while, in my teen years, I had vowed to speak as little as possible as I had come to the conclusion that the overload of human thoughts and emotions could not be converted into words. To some extent I still think that – funnily enough, as now words are part of my work.

On what occasion would I lie? For the greater good, I suppose.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? I find it hard to take a break when needed. Even when I’m not preparing, performing or writing, my mind is always in creation mode – wish I had a “on/ off” button in my head!

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? Whenever I found connection and everyone working smoothly, driven by the same idea.

If I could, what would I change about myself? I generally tend to like myself – I’m working on my impatience, though.

What is my greatest achievement in work? Every time I manage to move something in the audience is like being born again. Every time it happens I consider it to be my greatest achievement.

Where would I most like to live? For the moment I’m happy between Paris and my native Sardinia.

What is my most treasured possession? Laptop, keys, wallet, mobile… not very arty, but honest!

What is my most marked characteristic? I was born with a tiny mole on my navel – it’s a bit like my trademark.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? I believe you can find inspiration wherever you go – you just have to be lucky enough to catch a detail that triggers it.

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city? I love Au Chat Noir in Oberkampf – I met the majority of my Paris friends in that vibrant bistrot. If in the mood for a lovely French dinner, my restaurant of choice is the Cafe de L’Industrie, in Bastille.

What books influenced my life and how? Jane Austen’s novels and John Cooper Clarke’s punk poetry – my yin and yang.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? “Rise” by Public Image Ltd.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? I like enigmatic female characters: Lisbeth Salander, Beth Harmon, Juliette Jeanson to name a few.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Tranquil, laid-back people.

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? Zelig by Woody Allen.

What role play stories in my life and work? Stories are the core of my work, but I don’t want unnecessary drama in my life – I avoid it like the plague.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me? Each individual sees the world differently, and narrates it accordingly.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? Every time there’s an article about me I take a screenshot and send it to my friend Chris with the caption “are you proud of me?”. He always replies he’s very proud. I believe that the fact he still hasn’t grown tired of this ongoing private joke makes him my greatest supporter.

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2022? I’d like to meet and work with independent film directors. Autumn de Wilde, a photographer who had her directorial debut last year with “Emma”. There are other directors I’d love to work with (Andrea Arnold, Yvan Attal..)

What project, in 2022, am I looking forward to work on? I plan to write more and dig deeper in performance poetry.

Where can you see me or my work in 2022? I’m currently collaborating with Moving Parts Theatre Group and regularly performing at Spoken Word Paris.

You can find my book “Icon – poems + visuals” on this link or on Amazon as well

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? Choose a job you love and you’ll… kinda work all the time!

How can you contact me?
Instagram: @chiaramaxia_; Facebook: @maxiachiara

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