Interview: Sara Donati

Sara DonatiImage courtesy of Sara Donati

Interview: Sara Donati

The Italian performer Sara Donati talks with Luca Curci about her experience during Future Identities – Bodies . Places . Spaces.

Sara Donati is an Italian performer and choreographer graduated at Trinity Laban Contemporary of Music and Dance in 2014, after three years of BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance. She has attended choreographic festivals as performer in Florence and in Turin (Italy), winning two scholarships for summer workshops.

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Luca Curci – Your performance has just been presented during Venice Experimental Cinema and Performance Art Festival: can you talk about your personal experience in Venice with International ArtExpo?

Sara Donati – This amazing experience gave me the opportunity to present my work to a big specific audience. The whole environment was wonderful and the ancient and stunning building brought magic to the piece. My whole work is created to be set in an intimate and private place, and I could recreate the same sensation in this big space due to the whole decorative features. The area around helped the whole exposition of work to be delighted. It was a great experience, an opportunity to expose myself for the first time and also to meet and speak with people interested in the art  and in my work.

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L. C. – Can you talk about the performance you presented in Venice? How is it linked with the festival’s theme?

S. D. – The Festival theme is the relationship between body and space and the fact that, in contemporary life, everything undertake the same apparent shape in order to face the prospect of a better world. The aim of the exhibition was to connect the body, seen as evolving organism, to space with peculiar sensations, feelings and characteristics. The performance I presented is “Starting from where I left” and I think it is strictly related to the main theme due to the feature of recalling the past. This work is based on the child’s development psychology at first, digging into the exploration of the development of senses into the child. It seeks to intrigue the audience, drawing it into a journey of recalling sensorial memories of its childhood, picking details and inputs from different approach to the same theme. This is the perfect link to the festival aim: connecting the evolving organism to space through feelings and sensations in order to avoid the sameness of the everyday life.

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L. C. – What are you currently working on?

S. D. – At the moment, I am making research to improve my knowledge about the child psychology, in order to create a development of the piece I presented in this occasion. I want to explore dance, working with more than one dancer and probably a musician. I want to look deeply in the developmental patterns of movement related to the senses I already explored.

L. C. – What is art for you?

S. D. – I can say: “I just met it.” In the past, Art was a word which was surfing really far out from me; now I start to get closer and capturing the essence of it. Art is everything but nothing. I believe that everyone can be creative. Art is expression, expression of internal emotions and feelings, expression of self in relation to the external. Everyone has creativity inside, but only an artist can intelligently express it. As artist, I can organize my creativity in order to create a piece of art like the painter organize colors in order to create a painting. Art is color for me, it is joy and sorrow, it is life. When I create art I feel alive, free to express myself. Art is innate and liberating. Art is not touchable, it is abstract, but its realization is concrete in each specific form. […] Everyone can be creative but not be able to create art, because I suppose you have to be well trained in order to be a complete artist, otherwise you just express your creativity.

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L. C. – What do you think about International ArtExpo organization?

S. D. – It is a really great organization which gives the possibility to show art  to a huge pubblic. It is always nice to meet other artists and exchange ideas and suggestions to grow up personally and working wise. Supporting and exchanging the energies of each one allows to refresh the mind and, depending from the outcome, brings nuances to the work.

L. C. – Do you think International ArtExpo organization can represent an opportunity for artists?

S. D. – It is a great opportunity for the artists also since it coincides with Architecture Biennale. […] Artists as performers, after only a simple application form, if chosen, can freely show their work to a cultured audience. Also, exposing the work to a specific public is always good in order to create a network of people and knowledge helpful in this world. […] This interview is the opportunity to shout out loud my art and my work, which was before only showed once, after a year of hard work and research. I hope this new relationship can build future projects.

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