The Heroine’s Journey of Xana Novais

What is the best thing that I love about my work?  

I work in Performance Stage World, sometimes as a dancer, sometimes as an actress and finally as a creator of my own projects. What I love in my work is deposit all of my feelings and tests of my life in it, so I transform my stage creations in my own psychologist time.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?  

Happiness is flying around the world with my performances and vision in art. Show how the underground theater can be accessible to all. And ofcourse happiness is to be with my boyfriend and my dog, watching the sunset in the horizon.

What is my greatest fear?  

That’s funny….I usually test my fears on the stage in my performances, because I want to overcome them. My fears are my ambitions, test them let me grow in my career, I can tell you, the biggest one is loosing my control in what I doing. I’m obsessed to have control of the control.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?  

I’m to obsessed with everything. I would love to stop but I can’t.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?

Marina Abramovic ,for sure, I grow up reading her books and see her performances on Internet. She “teaches” me that my body and my egocentric life can be my art too. And I have a special love for two creators named Florentina Holzinger and Tianzhuo Chen.

What is my greatest extravagance?  

Maybe the ballet/freak show piece “APOLLON” by Florentina Holzinger that I did (and I still do around the Europe). I pooed on stage more then 40 times. I made this act for a unicorn piece of mine in 2015, it was named “Un Teknè”.

On what occasion would I lie?  

I would lie if something that I did causes pain for my mom.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

My country is not open enough for me. And they not support freelancer artists, so if I want to continue to do my own projects I have to finance them with my own money. My country don’t support the diference, it’s sad. But I try to fight against that!

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?  

I’m always happy on the stage. But I think the best day for me was in the premiere of my last project “Un Tékne” in 2015. Was the first time that I present one of my projects in a Municipal Theater of Porto. And ofcourse when I was with Florentina in VOLKSTHEATER in Vienna, was pretty amazing sensation to be with 800 people in the public, applauding.

If I could, what would I change about myself?  

I would change my nose! HAHAHA. If “myself” could transform in my country, I would love to change people minds, and transform them into more liberal and more transparency, We could accept each other all the time, and don’t judge with insignificant reasons.

What is my greatest achievement in work?  

I start to work in performance, when I was really really young, I start theater school when I was 15 years old, and in the  first year I entered in a competition with my first project (without any bases of theater or dance yet), I was in first place, so I present my first creation in Hard Club Porto, was “ UMA TELA PRESA POR NADA” a mix of dance and theatre but already to much hardcore for a child with 16. After that I continued to read more about creation and make my pieces of art more intensive and more alert to the others. My work is to get people more and more liberal and open, I believe that my art is not political, my art is one way to understand more about my individual life, the only diference is, I like to have an audience to confirm my own tests on the stage. The greatest achievement in my work is my work itself.

Where would I most like to live?

Amsterdam or New York.

What is my most treasured possession?

My baby dog “Nua” (it means Naked in English), part of my life is live to make her life amazing.

What is my most marked characteristic?

About me, my crazy world mind. My fucking open mouth, I do not have filters with anyone, sometimes it can be very annoying, I talk to much, I can not filter my words and my feelings, I will speak to you in the same way I speak to the president, I can not be a formal person.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?  

I live in front of the ocean, to see the infinite every day, make me think in the 100000 possibilities of my life.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?

ELAS’S Bar, you can eat really nice sea food and drink really good Porto Wine.

What books influenced my life and how?

“120 days of Sodoma” from Marquês de Sade, this book just change the way that I saw my life, my instincts and my values. It changed my ideas in art too, in my particular art.

Who are my favorite writers?

Marquês de Sade as a writer, but actually I love to read any kind of book about History of Art, one of my favorites is “The art of performance” by Roselee Goldberg

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

Maybe “LOST” from Anouk or “I fink U freeky” from Die Antwoord

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? 

Pier Paolo Pasolini, I don’t know he can be fiction? Maybe =D

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

Everyone who saves,  rescues animals.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?

“120 of Sodoma” – Pasolini

“The Holy Mountain” – Alejandro Jodorowski

What role plays art in my life and work?

I really have a distance between my life and my art life. I always say that I’m two different Xana’s, the only thing who is really similar is when I use my personal life to understand myself through art. I use quotidian moments, tests and usual staffs to experiment them as an artist practice.

My art is fiction in reality. It’s difficult to explain, actually, the first step is, I don’t have nothing to explain, I have a lot to show or feel. This is my website:

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

My boyfriend ofcourse, he is an artist too, we both have really different work, but we support each other any time and in any circumstances

Whom would I like to work with in 2019?

I have a lot of choreographers and directors with which I would like to work, maybe John Romão from Portugal, work with Teatro Praga again, do some creation one day with Tianzhuo Chen, work again with Annina Manchaz and one day do some show of Ann Liv Young.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2019?

People who can make my mouth open! But for sure Marina, would be amazing speak with her just one hour to know her from her words.

What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on? 

In my own project, I will premier “How to kill naked Woman” in April 2019, new stuffs coming !

Where can you see me or my work in 2019?

You can see me in “Apollon” by Florentina, around Europe, with the choreographer Alice Joana Gonçalves here in Portugal with “The Foxes”  and you will see me in my new project “How to kill naked Woman” in a lot of spaces in Portugal and maybe outside.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? 

Actually passion retires a lot! But it comes and go, I think when you love what you do, you use a lot of energy to do it right, so you feel more tired because you deposit your all energy in your art. But when you run for a passion, you will continue do.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

Evelyn Frantti the best Side Shows professional! And Alice Joana Gonçalves, a choreographer with a really nice particular work in dance.

How can you contact me?

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