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Interview III

Silvia Dezulian, female, 29 years-old, Dancer -31,03,2020

-For all of these questions, the answers are very personal. There are different kinds of dancers and categories of the approach to the work. Dance is very personal and intimate.

Q1: As a dancer, how do you use your body to do performance and dance, for example, using as an expression or a language to express or to be communicated?

Silvia: The relationship between me and my body is a continuous comparison. On one hand, I am aware of the limits from my body; on the other hand, I need to stand out the specialties of my body as much as possible.
Dance, for me, is a non-verbal language; it is able to communicate and to be understood for everyone who has a body. Through our bodies, we perceive the emotions of others and communicate with them. The body comes before thoughts. So, when I dance, I always want to deliver a message, which can be emotions, or a story, or an image ...etc.

Q2: How do you perceive yourself and the body through dancing?

Silvia: It seems very complicated to answer that. There is a tendency that has a whole perception of the inside and muscular levels of the body, and to be able to control it. Then, you have an external perception of the body, the gaze from outside. It is not only conditioned by an aesthetic taste but also it is essential to know where you are in the space. So, when each part of them combines and works well, I perceive myself as one piece. All of the small pieces in my body work together and be aware of everything, be aware of the rest of the body, space, music, light, objects and audience's eyes.

Q3: How do you start making connection between yourself and the body?

Silvia: Well, we are the body. It is sad that we think the connection with the body is not the basis of our daily life. The body is there, we have to prepare for the mind, clearing all useless thoughts that distract us, and to perceive the body as a single instrument.

Q4: What is body for you and what do you think your body? 

Silvia:  For me, the body is life, concreteness, authenticity. Having everything from a body is real. The human body contains infinitely deep universes, everyone is different from the other and unique.

I think my body is fine with me. However, I would like to be thinner, with a little more breast and maybe with darker hair. (Apparently, we are all victims of the standard of beauty icon). But I appreciate my body, I think it is capable of doing wonderful things, especially during my pregnancy. In that circumstance, my body generated a new life, it showed me that I can do an incredible thing which I ever never done before.

There are the knowledge and experiences that we have inherited in the body since we were still animals. This was a revelation I learned after I spent all of my life teaching my body all the dance steps.

Q5: What do you think your body when your dance is like a moving sculpture?

Silvia: I have always kept this reference in mind when I think of dance and when I dance. This is because there is exactly the same relationship with space, the same as in sculpture.

Q6: Dance is more related to the connection with space, inside/outside, and architectural space. Of course, the body is also space. How do you think of the relationship between your body and space?

Silvia: As the previous conversation we talked about, the relationship between my body and space is very objective, like between in a sculpture space.

Clothe and your body

Q7: When you dance, what do you think about the role of the clothing? Do you think clothing is a position that helps you with the performance or other things?

Silvia: About clothing, wearing the dress is always comfortable, and actually, dancing naked is very uncomfortable. The dress allows and helps you to do some movements that are impossible from the original body, such as slipping. Also, the clothes can protect the body a lot, such as burns, beating and maintain body temperature.

Then, the costumes are necessary, unless you choose to be nudity. It is part of the showing and also part of the dance. Usually, the costumes are designed together with the performance. Because it has to enhance its character and help the dancer into his role.
Sometimes in the opera, there are very beautiful and pompous costumes. However, they forget the dancers have to move... These costumes are too tight or rigid, or heavy. But, other times, this impediment can be a choice, and the whole dance can be inspired by the rigidity of the dress.