The Heroine’s Journey of Vera Mor

What is the best thing that I love about my work? First of all, the deep contact with my body. The body does not lie and is a profound instrument of knowledge of oneself, and also of the others. Every body is different, and every life story too: I find magical that a single movement or an approach to a circus apparatus can be translated into infinite ways depending on who the author is. Creativity comes from the research for solutions. The creative aspect is definitely one of the things I love most about my job. The metaphorical and subtle dimension that can unleash an image, a movement and a breath. And I certainly love the nomadic life connected to the circus, the continuous journeys, the continuous contact with different languages, people, cultures and countries is always a great enrichment

What is my idea of perfect happiness? I do not think there can be a “perfect happiness” … but life seems to me a continuous research for this idea, so maybe it’s just the utopian engine that triggers the journey of life.

What is my greatest fear? Honestly..I have so many … The fear of losing who I love, the fear of getting old, seeing the body changing. Loneliness. The post-global world of today and this increasingly divided society

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? Even here I would have a long series …: impulsiveness, impatience, my passing from one extreme to another, constant restlessness, hyperactivity, excessive severity towards myself .. I could go on and on !!!

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? It’s a very difficult question !!! I do not have an idol, I can not identify a single person. I have so many in my mind and surely I forget so many. I admire each of these people in a unique and special way. Someone has been a great technical master for me as for example Leo Hedman, others I admire them deeply for the artistic language as for example the company MyLaika and many others … it’s really difficult !!

What is my greatest extravagance? The unpredictability and the natural clown that is inside of me.

On what occasion would I lie? I hate those who lie. I am a very transparent and direct person, often this is exchanged with hardness and it is something that turns against me. I think I should learn to lie on many occasions, but for me it is very difficult, because it is right against my nature

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Being often injured, the continuous economic precariousness, the fact that continuous movements make relationships difficult, and above all I do not like at all the compromises between Art and the Market

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? I really believe that I was at Zen2, one of the suburbs most subject to educational poverty because of the total abandonment of institutions, in Palermo in Sicily. I created a social circus project there for years from 2008 to 2012 with a team of girls that I was able to bring around in Italy to train in professional schools like the Flic of Turin, and to do shows in important circus festivals as the Valdemone Festival. As an artist, Ilinx and Habits remain special, two shows that I have brought around Europe from 2012 to 2017

If I could, what would I change about myself? I would like to be softer in the approach to life and to myself. More calm, patient and balanced. I would like to put out some of the fire that characterizes me and be more inclined to accept compromises

What is my greatest achievement in work? I was very flexible but also very weak when I started doing my first professional circus school and despite the struggle, the hard work, and sacrifices I came to technical results that led me to be invited by Circus Schools throughout Italy to teach to advanced and professionals; but beyond the technical results that I have achieved, above all I have created and produced a show of 45 minutes in which I am alone on stage and of which I am author and interpreter without aid of any institutional network ! Alone I did everything and I have offered residences and dates in all Europe from the best Theaters and Centers of production and distribution that I know, appreciating and recognizing my personal artistic research. And the last gratification comes from the Lido of Toulouse (the circus school that I love most and that I have not had the good fortune to attend) that invited me and welcomed with his students, due to the last formation I did with CNAC & ESAC in circus dramaturgy, to follow a dramaturgy atelier with one of the most interesting dramatist that I ever met ,Taycir Fadel.

Where would I most like to live? South France or a small island in the Mediterranean

What is my most treasured possession? My willpower and curiosity

What is my most marked characteristic? I am a very active and passionate person

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? The sea

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? To eat the best is from my brother which is an amazing vegan cook (he worked in restaurants but the best he does is at home), to drink my best place is in Bar Garibaldi placed in the historical centre of Palermo

What books influenced my life and how? I did a university thesis on “The Theater and his double” written by Antonin Artaud that later influenced my entire artistic career in the research for a translation of my internal experience, without using verbal language but through the body

Who are my favorite writers? Luigi Pirandello, Italo Calvino, Murakami Haruki and who knows how many I forget ..

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Chopin

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Charlie Chaplin playing his roles in his films

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? In this historical moment the Clandestine migrants who try to cross the Mediterranean from Africa to Europe, victims of the complicity of Europe and Libya, and for sure the judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino killed in Palermo in 1992 .

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? “The dance of reality” by
Jodorowsky and “The sky above Berlin” by Wenders

What role plays art in my life and work? Like the air I breathe

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My grandmother, Nonna Lia.

Whom would I like to work with in 2018? In 2018 I’m working with Manifesta Biennial, a nomadic Art Biennial from Amsterdam, which is great.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? People with whom they have an artistic affinity to work on new creations

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? New Artistic Creation..

Where can you see me or my work in 2018? For the moment at Manifesta12 Biennial

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? It is my strength and my
conviction at the same time..

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Lydia Ourahmane, an
amazing young artist based in London, who changed a law of her country of origin –
Algeria- through an artworks.

How can you contact me? veramor.habits@gmail.com
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website : http://www.veramor.jimdo.com

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