Community Creative: Fabiana Grimaldi

Alegria e Lamento or Happiness and Sorrow in Portuguese.

In a typical week, how much time do you spend creating?
I generally spend around 8 to 10 hours weekly. Sometimes I choreograph while cooking or sketch in between school pick-ups. Time is precious so I try to make the most of it.

What do you define as success in the arts?
I believe that accomplishment is the most important element. Being true to yourself and your vision. When you feel aligned with your true self success comes and it doesn't necessarily mean it needs to be televised and praised by everyone.

How do you celebrate your successes?
Dancing around the house! A good glass of sparkling is welcome!

What has been the most touching moment you’ve experienced as a creator?
I have received invitations from the Yorubá Community in Melbourne to perform in their annual celebration day. It was a great honour to be amongst the Nigerian community who embraces and respect my work. Incredible joy and pride.


What advice would you give to an aspiring artist?
Be true to your vision and be open to advice and how people respond. Sometimes we need to be open, it doesn't mean you are not being loyal to what you believe. Be consistent, work hard, have discipline in your practice. Plant the seeds of your work and affirm it every day. Never judge your clarity on how people respond.

Do you have a favourite author or artist?
I grew up reading Paulo Coelho. The Alchemist is my first literary love. I am inspired by Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, composer Heitor Villa Lobos, Ian Tiersen, and Brazilian performers and artists including my mom Amalia Grimaldi who is a writer and artist.

Where can we see more of your work?
I perform with my dancers in festivals around Melbourne and some of my work can be seen on social media. I have a Facebook page Ballet Folklorico Fabiana Grimaldi with photographs and updates of my classes and workshops as well as curiosities about my practice.

You can catch Fabiana during the July school holidays - details coming soon.

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