The Heroine’s Journey of Patricia Hastewell

What is the best thing that I love about my work? The best thing of dancing is that it can be done wherever, whenever, it doesn’t need any external support, just your own self. Dancing is something very primitive that exists in every human, it is open to everyone and has a very strong communicative power. 

What is my idea of perfect happiness? A point of balance between health, love, luck, curiosity and challenge. 

What is my greatest fear? Time. Because even if you can perceive it differently, no matter what you do, it will always continue running ahead of you. 

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? Deplore is a but too much! but I think that I would like to doubt or to question things a bit less. Sometimes I think that I would like to be a carefree person, rebel and excentric, acting against the social conventions. And that is why I love to perform in the street or in unusual spaces. It gives a lot of freedom, it breaks with the rules, and it has the power of changing the perspective of a mundane situation. 

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? The ones that after years inside the profession are still motived to dance, to work with passion, to discover new things, the ones keep on being curious and playful. Great teachers that I have had the chance to have. I will name some that are amazing in very different ways and stages of life: Martin kilvady and all the Slovaks, Edivaldo Ernesto, David Zambrano, Sita Ostheimer, Josef Frucek and Linda Kapetenea, among many others. 

What is my greatest extravagance? That I have a hard time taking unimportant decisions. 

On what occasion would I lie?  On that one?

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? The awful conditions that dancers, and artists in general, experience. It is taken for granted that because you love what you do that you should pay for it. It doesn´t need to go together to be an artist and to be poor. But unfortunately it is the occasion most of the times. 

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? When I had the chance to create, dance, perform and to travel with my beloved friends with witch we created the collective la Otra Familia.

If I could, what would I change about myself? I would add some wings to fly and I would have the capacity to stretch time. 

What is my greatest achievement in work? To do it. To be able to express my self, to create my work in the most free way. 

Where would I most like to live? I would love to live in many different places, but the closest it is, to the sea and to the sun, the better.

What is my most treasured possession? My curiosity and motivation for life. 

What is my most marked characteristic? That I walk like a duck. 

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? The mountains where I live, from where you can see the sea. When I was a kid I use to go to different gazers with my best friend to speculate about life.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? Barcelona in itself is a great place to eat and drink, there are endless possibilities. 

Who are my favorite writers? Gabriel García Márquez, Julio Cortázar, Pablo Neruda, Almudena Grandes, among others. Some years ago I was really into Japanese authors like Mishima or Murakami. 

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? I would go for Chavela Vargas for the beauty and for the drama.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Frida Kahlo, powerful and creative woman. 

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? All the people that I love, and all the ones that are passioned for something. 

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? The last great movies that I’ve seen are ‘’Hunt for the wilderpeople’ and ‘’Historias Salvajes’’. I can always recommend anything from the Coen Brothers or from Quentin Tarantino. 

What role plays art in my life and work? My work is inside the ‘’art field’’, this takes away a lot of romanticism about art, the job has many boring non artistic parts as any other jobs. The creativity and the artistic part of it is the diamond! In a way art is the goal. 

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? A greek man called Alexandros Anastasiadis that can transform into fish, horse, frog, dog or monkey.

Whom would I like to work with in 2018? With La Otra Familia, Giulia, Pere, Alex and Fruta, all of them are very special humans, dancers, artists, performers…

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? Gabriela Carrizo and Franck Chartier directors of Peeping Tom. 

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? I am really looking forward to start the new project of our collective La Otra Familia, that will happen soon in Brussels. And I am very happy to be part of the new creation of Jasmin Vardimon Company that will start touring the next autumn. 

Where can you see me or my work in 2018?

You can follow on my vimeo channel.
Patricia Hastewell Showreel // Extracts of (in order of appearance): Bardo Vals by La Otra Familia TO BE by Francisco Cordova Depth…
“Throw a coin if you want to hear the story. Bardo is the one that told you the story Bardo is a place Bardo knows what is coming Bardo has nimble tongue,…

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? Passion is beside the system that decides retirement or employment, beginning or end. Passion is completely anarchist and connects to life, it can transform into different forms but stays in each one of us as a survival instinct. 

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Carla Campos Cascales from the field of literature and education, Elisa Juega from the field of human rights – freedom of expression, Julia Sanz, Alicia Pirez or Giulia Tornarolli from the dance field. 

How can you contact me: You can contact me by email: or Facebook Patricia Hastewell 


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