Interview: Renata Novaes
Luca Curci talks with Renata Novaes during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2020 at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi.
Renata Novaes is a Brazilian performer and researcher on freedom. The performance is inspired by nature, people and places that she experienced while travelling. She worked in theatre and films in Brazil that received nomination in Cannes and Berlin Film Festival. One of her passions is to get to know people from all cultures and hear about their life stories. Renata is also a photographer and food lover, in special formaggios and chocolates. She enjoy herself while speaking Esperanto Ibero la South America una mescla di tutto.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Renata Novaes – Art is a path of connection and evocation of feelings that allow us to experience and inspire the truth. For me, it is also a way to transcend in an encounter with stage events and self-transcending: expanding towards self-awareness it is an experience of that which extends or lies beyond a real physical stage. For me is a way of reengage reality once again, it is an instrument of survival and a way to express cultures and recreate it.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that
has influenced your work the most?
RN – I have been doing theatre and film for many years. This is my spiritual journey that geographically has taken me to different continents. The journey has allowed me to grow and develop as artistic. The experiment on ritual performance has allowed me the possibility to combine my passion for cultures, theatre and research for a spiritual quest. It was a walking into the labyrinth, understanding more about our origins, it is a way of flourishing life, that experiences transcendence, self-transcendence and social changes, because they are intimately connected. Being in touch with our ancestor culture can inspire our living choices. Being in relationship with nature is a way of transcending.
LC – What is your creative process like?
RN – It is an organically and spontaneous process, usually began with dreams or memories. I’m usually inspired by life, people, nature and planets, then I let it all go into improvisation.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your
RN – I have challenging myself in keep it fresh until the day of performing it.
LC – Which is the role the artist plays in the society? And the contemporary art?
RN – Above all things is to unearth the truth of the things, tell stories and pass on traditions, be inspired and inspire others, heal the collective pain, lift the spirit, collaborate to each other, recreate reality connecting with the audience, oneself and the world. Contemporary art is our period in art, which shows us where we are in terms of culture. It embraces the idea that art is not separate from life or the world we live in. An artwork has more to do with what the work is about, rather than what it looks like, it is creating curiosity, recreating narratives, questioning and having more potential for universal understanding. My researching is on reconnecting the individual with the world and the community on a basic existential level; becoming part of that which is larger than oneself, mentally, physically, is a precondition for transcending oneself to fully engage with other humans and living beings, with the planet, and ultimately the cosmos.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? In which way did it inspire you?
RN – It was really fascinating when a festival allows diversity as Itsliquid and it is inspiring to see many pratices together. I also suggest that it would be interesting to have a room where we can talk about our projects in order to see possibilities to collaborate together. It would be beautiful to see different practices and nationalities creating something collectively.
LC – What is the message linked to the performance you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?
RN – The subconscious subject inspired me while I was in researching on the ritual and memories. The power of movements of leaves and roots systems of the trees it is really sophisticated. Observing how nature works is fascinating and it is personal the way of perception of each person.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
RN – Yes, let’s collaborate, it will be a pleasure. How we could make Performance art more assessible for the majority of people?
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
RN – Yes, we need more and more spaces like this to create an exchange and support creative ideas.