What is the best thing that I love about my work? The freedom to create. Feel what vibrates around you, visible or invisible, capture the light and intelligence, try to transmit it . As an actress and singer or as an author on stage, I like to feel the presence of an audience with whom I can also share beautiful emotions afterwards or the intimate feeling of entering into communion with the universe, that of living the present moment in a place marked by our history while remaining connected to others… I am currently writing a novel -thriller psychologique- “Sang vie” in the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris but not only…What a beautiful feeling of harmony!
What is my idea of perfect happiness? It would be a form of happiness lived and shared universally, perhaps, or an ideal form of Love or of ideal Love with the loved one, why not also…Humm, I dream aloud with the words I write
What is my greatest fear? That I can’t get past them when I’m confronted with them! Fear is the dark and irrational part of oneself. It is an endless challenge to know
how to flush it out, to unmask it because it hides until the day when it can take us by surprise… My great fear today is to see helplessly the destruction of our beautiful planet, to see our humanity lost with it.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? My vulnerability to certain situations that are beyond me ;
Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? the committed and courageous people, those who try to preserve our world by working discreetly, sometimes alone and at the risk of their lives. Great figures such as Nelson Mandela, 1st black president of South Africa or women such as the Pakistani Malala who fights for girls’ education in the world and Nobel Peace Prize winner 2014 …
What is my greatest extravagance? My grain of madness. The one to sometimes do it without my knowledge!
On what occasion would I lie? If I were forced to lie, it would be to protect a person or a group, but I also recognize that sometimes people may want to know private things
about our own intimacy that we must know how to protect by masking part of the truth.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Having to be constrained by the economic aspect that takes a lot of time in our creative work as well as author-director-performer, by the need to find the right production and distribution system while the cast is good and the artists generous . The means found are sometimes
very limited and therefore it is difficult for all artists to live from it correctly. We then have to make budget reduction choices or adapt our creations while trying to stay in tune with ourselves. It’s a difficult challenge!
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? To be on stage, in studio or rehearsal with my troupe or alone . A challenge for me that day was on the set of Théâtre 14 in Paris. We played with my troupe a musical “Mood Brassens” whose dramatic libretto I had created around the life and work of Georges Brassens. It was a
modern artistic adaptation with artists who did not sing Brassens except Tristan Robin – actor in the show Cabaret directed by Sam Mendès at the time – who was to play Georges Brassens young… There were various styles arranged by the English guitarist Tim Jessop who loved Brassens without ever having worked him or even better, the young singer Lola Aumont who played in « Hair » in Paris who had never sung in French! It was a success., thanks to my audience !
If I could, what would I change about myself? I know that I am in constant evolution not only artistically but also humanly so I change all the time: each day brings its flow of experiences, energies, everything is in motion and I evolve in its wake with the new situations I encounter in my life.
What is my greatest achievement in work? That of having succeeded in combining my passions, the arts , socialpsychology and the culture, that of having been able to progress in each field thanks to my mentors who are now deceased as my troupe director when I was young Roger Tribouilloy or as an adult, the tenor Henri Legay and the comedy actress Yvette Montier. On the university level, it was with Prof. Jean-Marc Alby or Pierre Cuer. This legacy made me found an association “L’Onde Bleue” in 2005 whose creations are turned towards the culture of others, the protection of children as well… We currently support a cause for a child with Julien Vachon, Jean-Philippe Puchot : https://www.change.org/p/comité-soutenons-gabriel-11-ans
Where would I most like to live? Where I’ll be well and so it can be everywhere as long as I blossom there!
What is my most treasured possession? My soul, I think, because only it could carry me beyond my strength and my flaws if I fall…
What is my most marked characteristic? Creative, passionate and committed from what they say about me- !
What is my most inspirational location, in my city?The Louvre but there are so many others in Paris!
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? The district of Saint Michel, the Odéon and Luxembourg because I had the chance to study there in the magnificent Sorbonne until the third cycle. Still this day, I keep my preferences of walks and outings so in this corner. A good old-fashioned chocolate at the Café “Danton” near the Théâtre de l’Odéon for example, a unique restaurant with traditional French cuisine where we also meet many artists:, the “Polydor” but it is better to book!
What books influenced my life and how? “Oscar Wilde’s “Dorian Gray Portrait,” by the power and writing style, the character’s life, the dualities of the human soul he faces.”
Doistoieski’s “Crimes and Chatiments” for the same reasons as Victor Hugo’s “The Last Day of a Convicted”, a real plea against the death penalty but also the revolutionary George Sand since always… In a completely different style, tales and legends whose dreamlike universe has influenced more than one creation. These two worlds but also that of cinema nourish my artistic work. The central character of “Sang vie ” is a kind of Dorian Gray facing family and history secrets and for the set,
Who are my favorite writers? Those quoted above but also Madame de Lafayette for “La princesse de Clèves”, the Countess de Ségur whose books marked my childhood,
Jane Austen, Simone De Beauvoir, Françoise Sagan, and for men in every way the brilliant William Shakespeare for all the beauty and intelligence of his works as Jean Baptiste Poquelin known as Molière, Emile Zola, Gustave Flaubert, François Mauriac, André Gide, Mircea Eliade, Boris Vian, Milan Kundera,. ..
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? « Je ne regrette rien » by Charles Dumont and Michel Vaucaire sung for unforgettable Edith Piaf !
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Dr Strange with the amazing actor Benedict Cumberbatch in the Marvel Film and « Catwoman » by Pitof with the beautiful Halle Berry or in « The Dark Knight Rises » by Christopher Nolan with the fantastic Anne Hathaway
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Everyone giving their time and love to help each other be better or move forward in their own live
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? There’s too many!…” All about Eve” by Joseph Mankiewicz for example !
What role plays art in my life and work? It’s a daily passion that is part of me, nourishes me and carries me. He is also my medium!
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? Our audiences, members and participants, support, my friends and my artist buddies of course!
Whom would I like to work with in 2018? Ken Loach, what a unique director.his films are of such strength.I still think of his work “Moi Daniel Blake” released in 2016.
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? The actors Merryl Streep and Benedict Cumberbatch , the diretor and producer Steven Spielberg, of course too the amazing Jessica Chastain, Clare Danes, …
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? My new creation “Un songe royal” which deals with the Shakespearian dream of the King of France Henri IV, his passion for Gabrielle d’Estrées and the internal struggles within the Medicis. But also an educational project for children and young adults that is close to my heart
called “ALABELECOLE” that we want to develop with my association represented by its new president Julien Vachon with whom I work among other things for its development.
Where can you see me or my work in 2018? Everything is going on so I invite you to follow me on the networks or on my website.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? It makes sense for me : to continue to live and create with the same passion until the end of our existence.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Marie Dô Chaize , ex dancer in the Alvin Ailey American Ballet Compagny, choreographer who became after an accident during the rehearsal a writer by the name of Marie Dô whose autobiography tells her story translated into film “Fais danser la poussière” .. She also wrote “Les dunes sauvages” at Plon’s.
How can you contact me?
By my website : http://www.safiabouadan.com or mail / email@example.com
or Association « L’Onde Bleue » http://www.londebleueregardsetcreations.com