The Heroine’s Journey of Pat Tourne

What is the best thing that I love about my work? Sharing emotions and feelings. Telling stories and teaching my art. Being on stage and owning every minute of it as the place i was to be on.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? Perfect happiness is a balance between having nothing and too much. It’s a feeling of completion and being at the right place.
What is my greatest fear? My greatest fear is suffering, being hurt to the point of not being able to master the pain.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? My pride, i can be so vain sometimes… and not having learned earlier how to say NO or STOP.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? All those who work for the pleasure of Art, who have lost almost everything to Passion, having no social life out of this Art, no family life, and often finishing their life with only souvenirs to hold on to.
What is my greatest extravagance? Ohlala i think i have had many but the craziest would probably be that day i asked a travel agency to book me an airplane ticket to any destination after taking a look at me and not questioning me… i ended up feeling stupid in San Fransisco i already had visited dozens of times.
On what occasion would I lie? I allways try not to lie because in the end we always get to know the truth, but maybe out of pity, not that horrible pity made of self-centered-culpability, no pity in a more generous way of seing humans or animals. I think i lied to a dying friend saying that yes, she would meet the angels she dreamt she would meet once dead… i’ll never really know if it was a lie or not.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? All the administrative aspects of it, the mis-and-under-consideration we receive from cultural instances, the little day-to-day ego-centered wars amongst the artistic family who is just a reflection of “real life issues”
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? When people wait after a show just to tell what they have felt or understood of my art. Tears when people dare share them with me. And my own tears when i dig deep in my guts to bring to life some of my acts or characters.
If I could, what would I change about myself? The same head on a brand new body, with no pains or illness of an kind, with the same energy and fluidity of movement as i used to have.
What is my greatest achievement in work? Surviving society’s injunctions to stay on the tracks and be normal/normative
Where would I most like to live? Anywhere as long as i have the sky over my head, my feet rooted down on/in earth and my animal friends running free
What is my most treasured possession? My brain.
What is my most marked characteristic? I am very outspoken and probably to much of an intellectual
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? Let’s talk about the nearest city then because i live in the countryside in a very remote location So it would probably be some very unknown small french parisian restaurant that used to be across the street from a church, today, this restaurant still has a section of the paved street inside it, and the back part of the church serving as a wall to it. The food is horrible but the place so incredible.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? Food, is a delicate subject, my health does not allow me much so eating has become an issue and i do not take much pleasure in food.
What books influenced my life and how? So many books influenced my way of thinking more then my life, but maybe this is the way things work with books? Pretty much all of the Beat Generation authors, then Aristophane, Shakespeare, Gogol, Burroughs, Boulgakov, Bashevis Singer, john Kennedy Toole, Pratchett… yes i know i read a lot and much divers styles.
Who are my favorite writers? i think i just answered that without even knowing it. But if i had to choose but one book to take with me on an island would be: none, one would make me regret not having taken so much more.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Oh meaning i would still be conscious enough to ask for music? lol… None, silence is precious and rare, so i would rather listen to my last heartbeat which is the ultimate rythm.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? That is one hell of a question! I don’t really understand what it’s good for but let’s go for the Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? In real life? You mean today? Then probably all those artists around the world starving in the name of Art, all the children dying in wars, all the sacrificed animals to are vain and cupid egoism…
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? “The Night of the Hunter” from Charles Laughton
What role plays art in my life and work? It’s my life.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My brains and culture, my audience and people who have trusted me over and through time.
Whom would I like to work with in 2018? Like minded people who understand what i have to share and who are ready to offer me the opportunity to share their knowledge
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? A mentor, somebody to admire which i have never found till this day. Which does not mean i do not love others, but that this person that i would love to meet is either dead or not born yet.
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? Closing the gate behind me without as much as creaking it.
Where can you see me or my work in 2018? A bit in France, a lot all over Europe, and in the US… and more to come. Till things are not signed i do not speak about them at all.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? That i retired when in 2000 and in 2017 i am still semi-active
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Céline Leroy
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