Passion Never Retires for Joan Ferré Gómez

What is the best thing that I love about my work? I guess working in what is your passion is the best thing to do. I spend a lot of my lifetime doing what I love the most, and I feel like my personality is exposed to the limit in every part of my day. The learning process to get to know myself and all the experiences I had through my job is definitely what keeps me doing what I do.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? The only idea of happiness is the one that I have experienced. I’ve been the most happy when I am surrounded by people that I love and who love me back. Exposing my art and feeling convinced and represented by what I do in my job is one of the most satisfying things.

What is my greatest fear? I look back in my life and realize everything I left behind to be where I am. Spending a lot of time by myself, in a foreign country far from my roots, can seem scary but nothing scares me more than the feeling that I am not doing enough, the feeling of not being active, doing research and getting to know new things. I guess my ambition is my fear, but I don’t see it as fully negative.

What is the trait that I most deplore of myself? Deplore is a strong word and I would not associate it with me. What I don’t like is negativity, even if I have some phases of it like anyone else. I try to always empty my head and body from society’s ideas, and look to the positive things that life offers to us and improve those things that do not feel good to my soul.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? I don’t admire one person in particular. Dancing is a very wide profession. There are many different dancers and ways of thinking. I admire choreographers, teachers, genius people that are experienced with life and dance and who can relate this two things to each other. I admire experienced dancers that are able to pass on their big knowledge and can read patterns and body movement easily. Honest and grounded dancers.

What is my greatest extravagance? My interpretation of extravagance is not negative, I think that the word represents the special quality that each of us has as a power tool. The confidence, knowing that I am mastering what I am doing. The easiness and softness in my movements.

On what occasion would I lie? I am a very sensitive person and I find hard laying to people. I always opened myself and exposed my ideas, so I don’t like giving an image of someone that is not me. That’s why I can’t say something that doesn’t belong to my thoughts. But I am learning at the moment that sometimes is better to keep things for yourself to promote easier situations. Not everyone is ready to confront reality.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Working with people that I can’t choose. Dancing is a very confronting job in every sense of the word. The relationship between the colleagues has to be tight, since our bodies and minds have to be connected full time. Some dancers create a strong shell to survive in this world, and I don’t like having to confront it every time. I also don’t like the moment in which dancing becomes like another regular job; because it’s not. Its art, and art is spontaneous and emotional, so it should never become a producing machine work.

When and where was I the happiest in my work? Working for someone that I admire, and realize how much I learned. I met many excellent people while being a dancer, but I would remark 2 of them. It feels almost like falling in love. I felt every part of myself connecting, and being at the right moment. I am still made of their ideas, and I feel like I applied them to my daily life and those became my own ideas as well. That’s what makes me the happiest, and those were the happiest moments I lived as a dancer.

If I could, what would I change about myself? If I would have the real choice to make it happen, probably I would not change anything. But since nothing is going to change unless of a changing-experience, I would say that I would like to be less intense in general terms. To not get so affected or disappointed, and to have less expectations from people. It’s not that I don’t like those traits of personality, but I think it would make it easier to live more often feeling peaceful.

What is my greatest achievement in work? To touch so many people whom saw me dancing and expressing myself through movement or choreography. It’s a daily struggle to keep myself empty from wrong ideas, egos, influences, society ideals,…I keep “bumping my head against the wall” by trying to always be honest and in the moment, with my movements and in daily life. I guess my biggest achievement is to put that on practice and get back emotional reactions of respect and admiration.

What do the words of “Financial Freedom” mean to me? Having the freedom to produce something without having to worry about money. That means someone has to trust my work so much that offers me unlimited money that I can spend to produce something personal. That sounds amazing to me!

Where would I most like to live? I like alive cities, with good energy and open feeling. It’s hard to find the perfect balanced place. I guess each place has its own advantages, and depending on which moment you are in life, you appreciate some qualities more than others. At the moment I would like to live in Israel, since it’s a very warm place, and the dance field interests me a lot. In general I am very open and love traveling and getting to know new cultures.

What is my most treasured possession? I don’t know if they are the most…but I would say a pair of Dr. Martens boots that I got from all my best friends in Spain. I got them for my 19th Birthday and it was the last one I had with my family and friends before I left to study in Holland. I love them as a shoe and as a symbolism, they came with me to auditions, trips, performances… I have a special love for them.

What is my most marked characteristic? My sensitivity, I think is something that you can perceive while having a first contact with me. Sensitive in giving a lot of value to everything I can sense, like any type of contact, or the enjoyment while doing something, or the anger or disappointment when something goes against my principals.

What is the most inspirational location in my city? Actually I live in Mannheim, Germany. Even If I enjoy living close to an active area with lots of alive energy, I would say that my favorite spot of the city is along the “Neckar” river. I enjoy it in every season of the year, for a melancholic walk when its winter to a sunny Barbecue and some beers with friends during summer. 

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? I like any type of food, and I enjoy discovering new restaurants in the city, but my favorite place I would say is at home. I love cooking, and my favorite thing is to eat delicious recipes from friends, and exchange ideas and tastes. Good quality food and in your own favorite way, when it’s shared with good people even better!

What books influenced my life and how? I always struggled a bit with reading books. I felt forced at school to read specific pages and answer correctly to the tricky questions I was supposed to know…I never enjoyed reading, plus I am a bit of an impatient person. Instead of reading books I would read magazines and watch movies, but most of the time I would spend it dancing. Until a book encountered my life, “The Secret”. After that I got “The little prince” as a present, and it fascinated me! Also read Siddharta. In general now I look into life meaning books, connected to meditation and mind function.

Who are my favorite writers? As I mentioned before I am not a very good reader… I like to read scientific and psychological articles on internet, or listen to TED talks – podcasts. I enjoy very much reading or listening at any person that wants to share their own experiences.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? I would put on my Spottify account and play all the playlists I have. They are full of very diverse type of music that I’ve been collecting through different periods. Pol 3.14, which reminds me to my teenage period with my friends in Barcelona, “Losing my religion” from R.E.M, that I connect to my connection with my mum and myself becoming an adult, and of course every album from Bebe, a very special singer and composer for me.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? It’s hard for me to answer, because I guess any hero/heroine in fiction has been inspired by someone real… Any person that with their strength changed a little big the world to make it a better place. Some of them have represented their stories into movies/books; those are some of my “fiction” hero/heroines…

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My mum is my heroine. She would invent superpowers just to help me and support me. She is an incredible strong and inspiring woman, knows how to make people love her once they got to know her, very compromised and well-grounded person. She inspires me and can change my mood in my worst moments. I don’t know how she does it but always finds a way to succeed, I really admire her!

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? Any movie from Almodovar. Captain fantastic; The perfume If you feel dark, The notebook If you are feeling romantic.

What role plays art in my life and work? Art, imagination and self-expression are the wheels of my life. If I would have to analyze the different characteristics of my personality, I am positive that my artistic side would step out from all the others. I feel comfortable and understood while being artistic, I don’t even have to think about it, it comes natural. 

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My best friend Martina Pedrini. We meet at Codarts, the University in Rotterdam where I did my last studies as a dancer. She understands me better than anyone else, sometimes even better than myself. She is my perfect partner in crime, we have the same way of seeing life and we are both very sensitive. Different goals, and qualities of course, but we really respect and admire each other. She is best fan I can ever have, but better we get outsider sponsors for our future projects together!

Whom would I like to work with in 2018? I would like to work with love. Passionate artists, ambitious combined with meaning-full dancing.

Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2018? I would love to be surprised by discovering strong connections with other dancers and/or choreographers. Would love to meet soulmates not only in 2018 but in the coming years of my life.

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? I am looking forward to give more time and importance to my own work. To study and train my body in the most efficient way. To keep growing and experiencing life.

Where can you see me or my work in 2018? At Nationaltheater in Mannheim, under the direction of Stephan Thoss, that’s where I am working at the moment. Or at . My personal Vimeo account.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? My passion for dancing existed before it became my job, that’s why I believe that it will still be exciting once I will retire. Passion in every sense is the flame that keep us bright and living, that’s why I hope I will never lose my passion for dance, love and life.

Which creative heroes should Peter invite to tell their story? Anyone who loves their job and are passionate about it. I am interested to know in what consist any type of job, but only from the perspective of the passionate ones.

How can you contact me?

 You can find me on facebook as Joan Ferré Gómez, or e-mail me at :

Thank you very much for reading!

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