Passion Never Retires for Marilena Grafakos

What is the best thing that I love about my work? The best thing about my work is the rejuvenating, young and creative energy that surrounds me through my projects/clients and lastly through passing knowledge to my students! The journey of existence, soul searching and creation is one and the same for me. My work challenges me to continue reinventing myself in time, through energy and expression.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? Perfect happiness is for me to be able to be understood using words, movements or feelings professionally or personally! Perfect happiness is also for me the peaceful and unconditional flow of love between nature, animals and myself.

What is my greatest fear?My greatest fear is that I will pass my life without having changed a single person or thing.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I hate the fact that I still occasionally have the need to stay inside the “box” while I mostly teach others to dare to be unique.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres

What is my greatest extravagance? Being able to travel the world and experience other cultures through art without thinking material expenses.

On what occasion would I lie? Only to protect what is dear to me in the process to not hurt unnecessarily.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? The thing that I dislike in my work is mostly the stress of an artist to always be liked, be on top and be successful. I would love if people were accepting failures as well or even better than successes.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?  I was the happiest in my work when I was able to be in another state of mind, forgetting time and place and getting lost in the process of creation.

If I could, what would I change about myself? I would definitely like to change my being so critical and fearful at times.

What is my greatest achievement in work? I think I am just now starting to achieve things the way I truly desire. After 50 my work has started being more spiritual and less materialistic.

Where would I most like to live? I would like to live where my heart feels more peaceful at. Home is where one’s heart is

What is my most treasured possession? My most treasure possession is my youthful soul trying to fulfill its purpose.

What is my most marked characteristic? Being fair or most accurately attempting to be fair!

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? The most inspirational location in my city is the waterfront; the skyline meeting the sea linebeautiful blue shades that crossfade.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? My favorite place to be is by the sea, under the shade of a tree.

What books influenced my life and how? Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch

Who are my favorite writers? Maya Angelou

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Marvin Gaye

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? The perfect heroine has not been written or played for me in fiction yet!

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My heroines are all the silent, brave women who fight to make ends meet through dignity, by breaking all the sexist female stereotypes. Male heroes are the ones who support their heroines.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? Life is beautiful by Roberto Benigni.

What role plays art in my life and work? Art is my life. Life is my art. Have I worked in my life till now and did not feel it ?

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? Well I cannot say that I have one specific sponsor or great fan “yet” other than myself. I have been mostly alone in the journey of mine hoping to meet other eager and motivated individuals to be partners in “crime”.

Whom would I like to work with in 2018? I would like to work with female or male Indian producers/directors who are interested in making movies that inspire and empower young Indian girls.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? In 2018 I would like to meet Kate Tempest, Rupi Kaur (female contemporary poets), Oprah Winfrey, Ellen Degeneres, Cate Blanchett, Jane Fonda!

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? I am looking forward to launch this new project I have been working on, a series of short dance films addressing Indian female matters through the eyes of young natives and their stories/feelings on these matters.

Where can you see me or my work in 2018? I am based in Stuttgart, Germany but travel to Athens, Greece and India for projects.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? Truer words could not be written. The minute passion does not exist anymore; the purpose of this lifetime has come to an end for me.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Peter’s heroine should be any woman who dares to accept herself and follow her heart in this male dominated world.

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