We had the good fortune of connecting with Giorgia Valenti and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Giorgia, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I would not be anywhere if I didn’t work hard. And what I mean by that is that I get things done! That is definitely the number one most important factor to my success. I grab every opportunity, I meet deadlines that I impose on myself and I completely every task on my to do list. Having said all this, I think it is also vital to allow yourself to make mistakes and be human, not only a working robot all the time. It’s okay to slack sometimes, just get back up and don’t make it a habit!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is a prism to the limitless stories and visions I absorb from others and my surroundings.
I am an international listener and I am an international woman. My multicultural past has gifted me with engaging visions and hands-on experience of human behaviour from all around the world. These have influenced the actor, mover and creator I’ve become. After having lived and danced in Italy and India, I moved to New York City to become a complete artist. During these travels I moved and trained with a wide range of international experts in many techniques. These included Italian and Indian artists, with whom I discovered the magic of Commedia dell’Arte and Kathak. I work to integrate tools from these practices in my acting, choreography and in my future collaborations as I explore the close relationship between therapy, art and identity.
I find myself to be extremely adaptable, and though this is sometimes scary as it leads me to question my own roots and identity, it also makes me a passionate collaborator and observer. Unquestionably, my experiences as a woman influence my perspective, as global as this has become over the years. I have experienced the concept of femininity and beauty on my skin over many cultural layers, and this is something I am still learning from everyday. It is as if I have lived a hundred different realities, but at the same time no reality at all that I can call my own. This absurd disorientation is what I want to choreograph and discover through my craft.
Coming to New York made me understand that I am not alone and that art is a collaborative process. The boundaries of creation and discovery are limitless when you find artists to have conversations with. That is why I found artistic fulfillment when I started making art with my peers, and brought creativity to being a director, a manager and an artistic administrator.I want to connect with audiences over the diversity of their life experience and mine. Where do we meet and intertwine?
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If a friend was visiting for a week I would definitely try to make them understand the fullness and diversity New York City has to offer. From the fun and young East Village full of night bars (pre-COVID) and people to talk to at parks, to the beauty and artistic history the West Village has to offer. I would also take them to different parts of Brooklyn and Queens, not leaving out the neighborhoods that might not be the top tourist attractions. I think the most important thing tome would be to make them walk a lot so they get to experience how the city can transition from one aesthetic, class and reality to another in a split second. Food is not a problem: there will always be food on the way.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Absolutely! The people in my life who motivate me to follow my dreams everyday, my colleagues from Et Alia Theater. Ana Moioli, Maria Müller, Luísa Galatti, Deniz Bulat and another friend of mine from Austria: Bianca Waechter.
Photographers: Justin Chauncey Luca Cirillo Yulia German