The Heroine’s Journey of Emmi Väisänen

What is the best thing that I love about my work? The fact that I love it. It brings me a lot of joy and inspiration! I love working creativily with body and people.

What is my idea of perfect happinessTo have calmness and trust in life. I have everything I need already.

What is my greatest fearOf course loosing people I love is frightening, but I try not to go there too much with my thoughts. Life will always be unpredictable.

What is the trait I most deplore myself in myselfDeplore is quite a strong term, but sometimes I overthink things too much.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? The people who work hard and still remain kind and humble.

What is my greatest extravaganceNot really an extravagance, but where I most spend money is food. I love eating well and cooking different kinds of cuisine.

On what occasion would I lie? Cannot think of an occasion. Probably when I was a kid and wanted to stay out of trouble.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? I guess the fragile nature of it. It is not a steady work, but uncertain and constantly shifting. I also enjoy the changing nature of it, but sometimes the uncertainity is toughIn addition to this, the fact that sometimes in our line of work we get paid poorly or not at all. This unfairness is quite common and I truly hope the general working conditions of artists would improve.
What is my greatest achievement in work? That I am working. I am doing what I enjoy the most. I started my dance training quite late in my life, so I wasn’t sure for a long time whether I would be able to do this as a living.

If I could, what would I change about myselfTo try to be more calm about life.

Where would I most like to live? Surrounded by loved ones and nature..lots and lots of nature.

What is my most treasured possessionSisu. (It is a finnish word to describe courage and determination in tough situations)

What is my most marked characteristicI am adaptive to different situations and people.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? This I must say from my hometown in Finland. It is surrounded by lakes and also our cabin is there in the

middle of the woods. It is the most peaceful and serene place I know.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? In Brussels for coffee I enjoy going to OR or Cafe Capitale. Coffee made with love.

What books influenced my life and howAt this point in my life :  Yuval Noah Harari-Sapiens/A brief history of humankindIt goes through the history of humans until today and made me more carefully think of my personal actions and their impact on Lady Earth.

Who are my favorite writersI would say the above one is on the top of my list at the moment and I am looking forward to read his next book.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last dayI would say the marvelous Etta James with At Last.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? I dont really have a fictional hero, I draw my inspiration and strength from the people around me.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My heroes are the people closest to me, because they have saved me in my life multiple times

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? This is a tough one, because me and my husband love watching movies. But I enjoy watching autobiographical movies, since they give a different perspective in life. For example The desert flower, ITonia

What role plays art in my life and work? a big one, I must say. Art is at the core of my work. And it has been a journey and a dream for me to arrive to this point and hopefully I can continue in this path for a long time

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crimeMy partner in crime is my husband. He is a huge support and positive light in my life.

Whom would I like to work with in 2018?  People who inspire me and challenge me to grow. But I have a feeling that this yearthis wish will happen.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? I would love to meet some of my classmates from my previous dance education in Salzburg who are all now spread out around Europe. I miss seeing close friends from so many years.

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? All of the projects that is happening this year I am looking forward to. I am excited of all of them.

Where can you see me or my work in 2018? I will be mainly working in Belgium, Austria and Germany the coming year

What do the words “Passion Never Retiresmean to me? There will always be things to be excited and joyfull about! It is necessary to have passion in life.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their storyWaris Dirie

How can you contact me? or through my facebook


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