Creativity Spotlight: Mariana Aristizábal
Our Creativity Spotlight series features advice on artistic practice, inspiration, and a glimpse into the worlds of artists working in a variety of disciplines.
Mariana is a Colombian performer, director and theatre maker living in London, UK. She is the wonderful director of Friday Night Love Poem.
For me, good theatre is like the art of cooking: mixing different ingredients, textures and flavours to create a wholesome dish and experience to share with others.
Tell us about yourself.
I am Mariana, I moved to London about 5 years ago. I am a Colombian theatre maker, I trained as an actor, but in the UK, I started working as director and facilitator. I'm not entirely sure how that happened, but after the initial discomfort of feeling that I was just pretending to be something I was not, in a different language than mine, I realised that actually I could do these things as well. As years went by, I started feeling more comfortable wearing different hats, and I can create from different angles. I still have a lot to learn about acting, directing and facilitating, but I am constantly working to improve my skills.
I am fascinated by London's multiculturalism and the interactions in the city. I enjoy how it is reflected in the architecture, the soundscapes, and how it can be captured through photography. I love wandering about the city, whether it is by foot or by bike. I am curious about learning, and so I am always taking classes or joining groups like African drumming, feminist singing, ukelele lessons, contact jams. I am an advocate for Latinx theatre, and I am interested in championing voices from my culture.
What does your creative practice like?
I am a theatre maker focused on collaboration, devising and multicultural work. I am particularly interested in the fluidity of working methodologies that have as a base horizontal relations. For this reason, I like rehearsal rooms where everyone has a position and opinion on the creative process, and where we can swap roles, even for a couple of minutes, to discover new points of view. For me, good theatre is like the art of cooking: mixing different ingredients, textures and flavours to create a wholesome dish and experience to share with others.
How do you stay inspired?
To stay inspired I like to read and play the ukulele, as they bring me joy and help me feel rooted.
What advice would you give to other creatives?
When you're feeling stuck, go for a walk and (if there is) feel the sun on your skin.
What is the best advice you've received?
Don't ask, don't get.
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