What is the best thing that I love about my work? While performing I have the opportunity to go out of myself, to be in a state of madness. Researching in dance gives me the occasion to discover hidden sides of myself and to encounter with the unknown.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? Perfect happiness is to accept sadness. Basically is to accept both, good and bad. To have the courage to stay in what ever life brings without running away from it.
What is my greatest fear? Car crash.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? ooh, I’m not going to tell you that!
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? I will name most of the masters I had the luck to work with, plus, I’ll name some masters I met and some masters I would love to meet. Of course they are masters to me and might not be for others: Eva Lundqvist, Alessandra Sini, Antonella Sini, Silvia Rampelli, Riccardo Vannuccini, Daniele Vicari, Roberto Castello, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeke; Marina Abramovic; Bjork.
What is my greatest extravagance? I consider myself a simple woman. I don’t feel I have any extravagances.
On what occasion would I lie? I used to lie a lot when I didn’t want to face the consequences of my actions or when I wanted to appear better than I was. So, to lie it is a matter of immaturity. Now basically I do not lie, but I do have secrets and I never reveal secrets that others confess to me.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? It is really, really, really hard to survive (in Italy) if you do experimental or non conventional work. There is no money and no care from the institutions at all. In general the performing arts are experiencing a moment of big crisis here.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? I’m the happiest when I do my work.
If I could, what would I change about myself? I try to love myself as I am.
What is my greatest achievement in work? To have understood that is not separated from life. I remember exactly when it happened and this thought opened a huge door that brought fortune and awareness.
Where would I most like to live? I have chosen to live here in Rome, in a lovely area, after living abroad for many years. Now I’d love to stay here. But the dream is to live in nature, in a space where I can study and create and live a quiet life with people I love.
What is my most treasured possession? Flesh and blood… my body.
What is my most marked characteristic? Smile. Freckles. Energy. Radicalism.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? Dismissed and abandoned buildings. Places where the dust has never stopped falling on and no one step into for a long while. I love the signs that time leaves.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? I’m very lucky, there is a great fish restaurant in my street
What books influenced my life and how? I fallen in love quiet early with all the cursed poets and writers and with the ‘beat generation’ movement. I wanted to be like them. I was also behaving like them at some point. Dangerous staff: “On the road” – Jack Kerouac; “Le Spleen de Paris” – “Les Fleurs du mal” – Charles Baudelaire; “Factotum”; “Post Office” – Charles Bukowski; “The Doors of Perception” Aldous Huxley;
“Il dio degli acidi. Conversazioni con Albert Hofmann” – Antonio Gnoli, Franco Volpi.
– Later on I discovered Pasolini with “Lettere Luterane” and I have read as much as I could from him and watched all his movie. That influenced my political vision a lot and to deepen the topic I started to read: Albert Camus; Hermann Hesse; Franz Kafka; Virginia Woolf; Michail Bakunin.
– Of course I met my favourite subject of studies, dance. So I went on with essays on dance, semiotics and philosophy. One book that influenced me and my work the most is “Il corpoinsorto” by Silvia Rampelli.
– Only four years ago I discovered Ingeborg Bachmann and her “Il libro del deserto” and “Il trentesimo anno” emotionally blown me away and influenced my choices in readings.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? My husband singing and playing softly
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? I thought I had none, but just yesterday I watched “Matrix” after many years. So “Neo” is my hero now!
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? People who daily struggle for their rights.
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? One? … simply impossible!
La famiglia; La terrazza – Ettore Scola
8½; La strada – Federico Fellini
Novecento – Bernardo Bertolucci
Ladri di biciclette – Vittorio De Sica
L’albero degli zoccoli – Ermanno Olmi
Time of the Gypsies – Emir Kusturica
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring; 3Iron; Breath – Kim Ki-duk
2046; In the mood for love- Wong Kar–wai
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Eat Drink Man Woman – AngLee
Metropolis – Fritz Lang
Stalker – Andrej Arsen’evič Tarkovskij
Mulholland Drive; Inland Empire – David Lynch
Il padrino – Francis Ford Coppola
Goodfellas – Martin Scorsese
Annie Hall; Manhattan – Woody Allen
The Big Lebowski; O Brother, Where Art Thou? – Ethan and Joel Coen
Pulp Fiction; Django Unchained – Quentin Trantino
Snatch – Guy Ritchie
Matrix – The Wachowski Brothers
La città incantata; Il castello errante di Howl – Hayao Miyazaki
What role plays art in my life and work? Principal.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? Lorenzo Lemme, the one I married
Whom would I like to work with in 2018? After I went to Björk’s concert last month I would love to ask her if she ever thought about having a dancer on stage in her live shows…. hahaha! Dreams are dreams!
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? Intelligent and interesting people. Most of all I wish to meet kind people. Kindness will save the world.
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? I started three years ago to work with my husband Lorenzo Lemme which is a musician, a drummer to be precise. We are going to create our 3rd performance. What a perfect match! He plays and I dance.
Where can you see me or my work in 2018?
– I act and dance in a Movie “Sole Cuore Amore” by Daniele Vicari. There is a dvd one can buy: https://www.amazon.it/Sole-Cuore–Amore-Isabella-Ragonese/dp/B0722P1L9B
-I act in another movie “Marianna Ucria” by Roberto Faenza. I play Marianna until she’s 16. Dvd on amazon: https://www.amazon.it/Marianna-Ucria-Philippe-Noiret/dp/B000ILZG1Y
I’m part of the company ArteStudio. With them I act and dance in performances and I’m responsible of the training during the workshops that Riccardo Vannuccini (the director) holds in centers for refugees around Italy, refugee camps in war zones, prisons.
little solo from the performance LUCY where I dance composing instantly through the improvisation method
web site of the company
– I teach Postural Education
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? It does mean a lot to me. I decided to stop dancing many times. Some how, dance has never left me.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Alessandra Cristiani; Giulia Cterina Massignan; Melissa Lohman; Valentina Miceli; Tamara Casula; Maria Costanza Barberio; Mimosa Campironi; Rita Salonia; Miriam Abutori; Patrizia Pecorella; Noemi Intino; Federica Aliano; Elisa Menon.
How can you contact me?