Interviews | June 29, 2022 |

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Interview: Stella Brajterman
Luca Curci
talks with Stella Brajterman during VISIONS, third appointment of ANIMA MUNDI 2022 at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello and Palazzo Bembo – Venice Grand Canal.

Stella Brajterman is a plural Brazilian artist, who combines her theater background with cinema, poetry and bodily expressions to create unique artistic productions. Graduated in Performing Arts at UNIRIO and in Cinema by Darcy Ribeiro, throughout her 15+ year career, Stella has researched theater-dance in Italy with the Potlatch Theater and in London at Trinity Laban, Siobhan Davies and Wayne Mcgregor Choreography Lab. She has also worked with high-profile directors, as Eugenio Barba, Bia Lessa, Daniel Herz, Nós do Morro, NAI (Núcleo de Artes Integradas). Having most recently focused her creative vein towards hybrid art expressions, her latest creation, the video art and short movie Ava, was presented in the art festivals BORDERS in Venice and Glass Meet the Future (NY and Japan).

Image courtesy of Stella Brajterman

As a director and scriptwriter, she produced the short movie “E o mundo todo ficou roxo” (“And then the world turned purple”). Stella is also the creator and performer of the solo “Speak Low” presented in Rampa Espaço de Criação, aban, Galeria Aymore (2019) and Artists For Peace (2020). Graduated in Performing arts in UNIRIO and Film Editing in Darcy Ribeiro Cinema School. Recently studied and worked in Teatro Potlach (Italy), and in London at Trinity Laban and Siobhan Davies (Contemporary Dance Research). The key impulse that moves me as an artist are the interconnections between built social spaces, movement and poetry. In my work as a performer, I aim to explore the body in its relation to the concrete space of the city, the natural space, the woman’s role in the community and my gypsy family background as starting points to create new imagetic spaces and narratives. I seek to recreate spaces in combination with my memories, scene experimentations, texts, light, materials (glass, wood, sand) and body compositions. My desire is to create a moving imagetic poetry.

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Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Stella Brajterman –
For me, Art is a phenomenon that happens before the “Unknown” materializes itself. The expression of it results into a piece that can be a song, a poem, a dance, a book, a dish… Even so, we never “get there”… It is always a pursuit to translate this powerful Source into something perceptible to our five senses.

LC – What are you currently working on?
SB –
I am working on the continuation of “Hilda, prelude for Wood – part II”, a performance and audiovisual piece that addresses the main theme of my project: the body that wants to move (and needs to move) in an enclosed space versus the redemption of this body through the connection with Nature. In this next stage I will be pursuing my research in a natural outdoor landscape, which will enable me to immerse myself in Hilda’s own pursuit.

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LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
SB –
Writing was my first Art expression, which I started from as soon as I knew how to write, and this is something that follows me in my artistic path until today, poetry in particular. I think I am a poet and a poem seeker. My second main background is theater, which I have also been doing since a very young age and have pursuited professionally, making it a big influence on research until this day. As a teenager, I encountered Pina Bausch’s work and it changed everything for me. It led me to dive deep into studying and practicing dance. I fell in love, not only with the dance but also with Pina’s ability to combine such different art vocabularies and with how her dancers were deeply driven by passion, fear and desire. From that moment I realized that I could produce poems not only with words but with dance, theater, images, sounds. I think the most powerful experience that influences my work is when I allow myself to enter the “unknown” zone. This happens when I am experiencing a crisis, a change of jobs,home, country, achallenge or, the biggest change of all, falling in love.

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LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it your medium of expression?
SB –
Art itself is the phenomenon that I pursue to express through poem, dance, theater and images. That is why I cannot say that I have a specific theme, or media to express. Art itself appears in different forms, as if the unknown or something that you never imagined before pops into your mind and soul. This “sparkle” is what I try to catch, and dance, perform, film or write.

LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
SB –
I never see my work as completed. The piece itself is a perpetual translation of the immateriality of the image/sound/movement that I pursue but I never reach. And that is the beauty of it: to be an artist as an eternal explorer of the unknown.

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LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
SB –
Inspired by this concept of Anima, I believe that “Hilda , prelude for wood” connects with the idea of this invisible energy behind all the natural and artificial elements that allow the planet to live. Hilda aims to rediscover her anima and what makes up her Body and soul, and returns to this source of life which is Nature. Nature gives us everything that we need in order to survive and create. It is an origin of not only concrete aspects that keep us alive (trees, water, earth) but also a source of subjectives elements. To listen to all natural elements and respond to it: try to fit into Nature, not make Nature fit into ourselves. Thinking about the limit of Nature, this is the only way out to sustain the Anima.

LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
SB –
I think it is a powerful platform that allows artists to exchange creative processes, ideas, and possible scenariosfor Art nowadays. It is very positive to have a space that stimulates dialogue between artists and art lovers.

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