Interview: Patricia Rotondaro
Luca Curci talks with Patricia Rotondaro during the 16th Edition of VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2022, at Palazzo Bembo.
Patricia Rotondaro was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She began her classical dance studies at the age of 6 and at 16 years old she began to study modern dance. Later she also studied clowning, acting, and singing. In 1996 she transferred to Europe and studied at the Folkwang Hochschule in Germany. In 1999 she moved to the Netherlands, obtaining a Bachelor’s (HBO) in dance and choreography at the SNDO in Amsterdam. She started to dance professionally with the company “Meekers” in Rotterdam, with whom she toured all over the Netherlands.
In 2005 she moved to Switzerland, where she danced for the Luzern State Theater, the Bern State Theater, and St Gallen State Theater. She participated in the SIWIC under the direction of Susanne Linke, Jochen Heckmann, and Philippe Saire. Patricia has been selected for the female lead role in the dance film “Das Blumenzimmer” – The Flowery Room – directed by Regie Sarah Derendinger, and produced by Swiss Television. The movie was screened on Swiss TV and presented at International Video Dance Festivals in Argentina, Brasil, Mexico, Italy, and Switzerland.
As a freelancer dancer, she worked with Linda Magnifico in Luzern, Teresa Rotemberg/Company Mafalda in Zürich, Cathy Sharp Dance Ensemble in Basel, Jochen Heckman in Germany and the Anton Lachky Dance Company in Belgium, touring in Brazil, Colombia, Slovakia, The Netherlands, Spain, England, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Germany. Patricia is the founder and organizer of the Dance Platform “Dare&Share!” In Basel. The platform gives creators and choreographers the possibility to share ideas, works in progress, or finished works, and receive written and verbal feedback from the public.
She is one of the four contemporary dance teachers at the Zürich University of the Arts/ZHdK, for the BA in Contemporary Dance. Patricia is invited to teach Profitraining at the Tanzhaus in Zürich, Profitraining Basel, and Profitraining in Winterthur. In Basel, she teaches contemporary classes and has her own improvisation group for people from 50 to 96 years old. As a choreographer, she has created “When space creates the story” and “Green”. Her late creation “Un diálogo con las sombras” is currently presented in Basel, and has been selected for the 16th Venice International Art Fare in December 2022.
Luca Curci- What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Patricia Rotondaro – I started studying classical ballet when I was 6 years old, a technique I´ve never given up on. When I was a teenager, I discovered modern dance, theatre dance, clowns, and acting. At the age of 19, I moved to Europe, to become a professional dancer. I had the opportunity to attend two wonderful schools, The Folkwang Hochschule in Germany and S.N.D.O in Amsterdam, where I earned a degree in dance and choreography. I don’t think there is a specific experience that has influenced my work, but it has been, with no doubt, enriched by: the possibility of having achieved my professional dream at an early age, being able to study different dance techniques, the opportunity to live in different countries with varied cultures, being to work with several different choreographers around the world. It´s the whole journey that has given me the possibility to dance and create in the way I’m doing right now.
LC- What are you currently working on?
PR- I am working on promoting my solo dance evening “Un diálogo con las sombras”/”A dialogue with the shadows” in Switzerland and abroad. This solo is a dialogue between a body, a light, some mirrors, and the multiple shadows that appear in the room. I desire to present this work in Festivals and theatres, as well as in Museums, Galleries, and different alternative spaces. I am interested in sharing my work with different audiences and presenting it in places where there can be an intimate atmosphere. I am interested as well in presenting my work to different publics.
LC- How is your creative process?
PR- I need time to create and figure out what I want to express and share. The starting point can be a feeling or emotion, a small intuition, or a concrete image. I love spending time alone in the studio. In this setup, the camera becomes a good external eye for constructive feedback. Once I have some concrete material, I love to open it to a few people, show work in progress and received feedback. I like to work with specific elements from where I start my research. For example, I began the exploration process In “Un diálogo con las sombras” with a flashlight and my body. I have some new ideas for my next piece. I am going to take as a starting point a small white house, made for children to paint and play inside. I also love photography, that’s why I’m working hand in hand with the photographer Maria Cheilopoulou. Her eye and her artistic vision are a great inspiration to me.
LC- Where do you find your inspiration?
PR- I find inspiration in everyday life, in everyday objects, and in everyday spaces. People inspire me, as well as personal stories and experiences. Honesty inspires me. Pain and resilience inspire me. I am inspired by love and the desire to overcome fear. Simple moments can be a great starting point for inspiration.
LC- How is being an artist nowadays?
PR- In essence, I don’t think it’s very different from the past. I think working hard, being constant, and having discipline and vision is the way in which you can sustain a career over time. Nowadays and thanks to social media, artists can show themselves and share their work directly with their audience. It is a great challenge to continue reinventing yourself, being innovative and not losing the essence of your work.
LC- Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
PR- I appreciated and enjoyed very much the variety of work I have seen at the exhibition. I like a lot this openness to different propositions and aesthetics. The theme “Identities” is a powerful, timeless topic. We are in constant transformation and development, and yet some things do not change, like fear, love, and the fact that we all have an unknown side to ourselves. This opposition between consciousness and unconsciousness, like dark and light, I find it quite fascinating. And our body is the channel that expresses it all in different ways. This theme has a very strong connection to my piece and inspired me to apply to your platform.
LC- Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
PR- I enjoyed it a lot. You have a very supportive approach and a simple and clear way of giving answers and finding solutions during the organization process. I also enjoyed the energy of the whole team.
LC- What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
PR- I think it is a very interesting Platform. It gives the opportunity to share your work and get to know new people and artists. It offers a space for dialogue and exchange, and portrait art as a bridge rather than something only to be admired. You have very good social media and continue supporting and promoting our work afterwards, for example publishing this interview and reposting information.
LC- What do you think about the organization of our event?
PR- You choose fantastic cities and great locations for your events. In this case, I had the opportunity to perform at Palazzo Bembo, an incredible building in the heart of Venice. To have the opportunity to share work in such a place will always be a plus for artists and the public.