The Heroine’s Journey of Anamaria Klajnšček

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

I work as a dancer and there are many aspects of my job that I love. But one of them is definitely meeting so many amazing people from all over the world. Working in such an international environment is incredibly enriching.

·      What is my idea of perfect happiness?

Being able to get up every day and be satisfied with where and who you are. As simple as it sounds it is usually not and it is of incredible value to be in that state of being. 

·      What is my greatest fear?

I think losing the people who are dearest to me.

·      What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

Doubting myself. I am quite self-critical and things could have been easier sometimes if I would not push myself down.

·      Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?

All of those who keep a good soul in this crazy world. Sometimes it is not easy.

·      What is my greatest extravagance?

Traveling, because I think it is essential for growth and good food, because I think it is essential for my soul!

·      On what occasion would I lie?

Probably if I would not know I am lying.

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

The fact that you do what you love does not mean you are not working hard and people very often underestimate my job in many aspects. Too many times projects are under-payed and because everyone in my field is passionate about their work, there is a certain stigma when it comes to money. I strongly believe it should not be like that.

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

I would say I am in my happiest place at this moment. I work as a freelancer, currently on a new creation in Barcelona and I am doing the work I want, working with people I like, in a place that I love and I am able to travel a lot. There is not much to complain about.

·      If I could, what would I change about myself?

I would probably give myself a little extra confidence.

·      What is my greatest achievement in work?

Simply being able to do what I do. Sometimes I have these moments of thinking: How did I manage to get myself here? It still seems pretty ridiculous I have these opportunities, but it feels great!

·      Where would I most like to live?

I would say Barcelona is pretty great for now.

·      What is my most treasured possession?

A notebook, where I can write my thoughts in. I always have at least one with me, because you never know when you need it or when ideas pop up.

·      What is my most marked characteristic?

I like to think honesty is one of them, whether it be in personal life or on stage. Being honest with myself and others. And positivity, definitely positivity! Seeing the good when it is there and finding it, when it gets difficult.

·      What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

I believe inspiration is hidden everywhere, but there is a certain magic in the sea for me. Wherever I am in touch with the sea, I recharge.

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

In Barcelona I still haven’t discovered all my favourites, but I already found quite some nice cafes (En Aparte, Federal Café, Café Cometa, Bicioci Bike Café…), where I can read my book.

·      What books influenced my life and how?

In general, reading poetry encouraged me to take a paper and write. My thoughts mostly seem clearer when on a paper in front of me.

But for a single book, I could say Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach gave me a great insight into what I feel.

·      Who are my favourite writers?

The first thing that comes to my mind is the author Yuval Noah Harari, because I am reading his third book at this moment. His books made me think or better re-think about certain topics from a little different perspective.

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

My Way from Frank Sinatra.

·      Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

All those who know what they want and do something for it. In real life, too many people just talk…

·      Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

I would say my path crossed many heroes and heroines, pursuing their dreams no matter the struggles, regardless to the circumstances they were in. One of the biggest one is definitely my mother. She has proven many times, things are possible if you dare.

·      Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime?

Connected to the whole topic, Billy Elliot is the first one on my mind.

·      What role plays art in my life and work?

Contemporary dance is my fulltime work, so it is an enormous part of my life. But overall, I love to take inspiration from all other forms of art and not get too stuck with my own form. Music, poetry, films, paintings, theatre, architecture, …

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

My family. Regardless to their own struggles, they always managed to give me support in what I wanted to do. And I know it is not always like this, therefore I am incredibly grateful.

·      Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2019?

I am pretty sure I will meet many new people, but I do not have any names since I do not know them yet. I would rather say I am looking forward to re-meet the people I met already till now and see what more we can create together.

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

I am currently a part of a new creation with a choreographer Roser López Espinosa and our piece called Bruït will premiere in May 2019 in Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona). Be most welcome to see our work!

·      Where can you see me or my work?

At the moment, you can find my showreel from 2016 on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgv43_n06e8 . It is a bit old already, but I am working on a new one.

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

I definitely agree passion should never retire. Yet I believe it is a delicate thing that needs nurture. Passion is like a flower, which should repeatedly be watered in order to flourish.

·      Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

Cristina Miguel Martinez (a saxophone player).

·      How can you contact me?

You can find me on facebook and instagram or contact me through my email: anakaktus@gmail.com

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