FILLING THE GAP INTERVIEWS | Marielys Burgos Meléndez fills Mind the Art’s Gaps!

Mind the Art writes, Marielys completes…!

When I wake up… I run to the bathroom, then make coffee and breakfast, sometimes I ask myself what am I doing here (NYC). I also try to write a bit. Mornings are the best time of the day for me.

I want… to make a decent income out of my work, to generate the conditions to have a pleasant life rooted in kindness, love and compassion. I want to live my life in different places at different times of the year 🙂 I want to be able to produce everything I need in my everyday life: clothes, soap, food, cleaning stuff, essential oils, etc. I want more plants and a cat. I want more tattoos and more life stories.

Time… is different everywhere I go. In Athens I slow down very much, there is time for everything. In NYC I feel I run against it, in Puerto Rico I am obsessed with not been late and try to do not multitask. In general I am trying to live on my own timing regardless of general expectations. Hence, I honor “time” commitments with people.

Lately… I have been working a lot to make enough money to be here = Athens. I have been asking myself how to keep it up as a self-funded artist. I am trying to convince myself to STAY in NYC longer. I have been grateful for the people that support me in different ways. I have been tracking the moon and dancing to its phases. I haven’t been doing much yoga as I would like to. I have been sewing one of the customs for DESPEDIDA. I have been reading a lot about astrology and playing with my tarot decks. I have been DREAMING, tracking my dreams, writing them down, and crafting Elsewhere (Alloú).

I try… to practice and to smile often. I try to let the everyday life surprise me. Try to listen more carefully and get amazed by simplicity. Now I am trying to “STAY”. Trying is hard.. but as a Graffiti in Brooklyn taught me: “every effort is beautiful”.

When I was little… I had a mini personal library. I loved to read and had this book entitled Agata, who told the story of a curious multicolor sphere that floated in the sky and went places. I was very chatty, still am. I learned to say goodbye, to let things and people go for good…

Tomorrow… September 28th, I flight to Athens through Zurich. I will very much be in the state of mind that I intend to portray in Farewell, that space of not here not there.. Going somewhere else. A “time” that I very much relate to dreaming, envisioning, hoping, and reflecting. I find myself in the sky. The clouds mirror my thoughts and I feel I can be anywhere. This is my trip!

In life…we have to live and stop thinking about living. In life we need to know we are held accountable for our actions/words. In life relationships are important, they need to be nurtured. In life pain teaches us our strengths , we need to try to be our best. Ohh dear life, we still have a lot to learn.

I can’t wait… (laugh) to hug many people I love, to go back to the places I have been, and walk late at night feeling safe in my womanhood. I can’t wait to burry a little something I created somewhere near Rizari park, and the next new moon; I can’t wait for that either.

Looking back… I do not regret anything I have done. I have tried to live at my best… Looking back remind me of how fortunate I have been to make m life my own with the people that accompany me in the process. Literally: I look back mostly through my left shoulder, I have an injury on my trapezius that impacts my right side.

Pain… Some I choose (my tattoos for example), others I can’t. I have learned to do not run away from pain (unless is a life or death situation of course) and walk with it, feel it, and learn from it. Pain can prompt immobility, be restrictive if not embraced as part of life itself. My relationship with pain started when I was a child (inherited from family conditions) through sicknesses and surgeries (three in total and one accident). I have many stories of pain and sorrow, but I think they have made me what I am now.

When I go to sleep… I hope I dream and that I could remember my dreams in the morning. I take the pillows out of my head, toss them away and meditate -hands on my belly or chest-. I fall asleep quickly most of the time.

Exposing myself to the audience… The “audience” are my witnesses… They are as exposed as I am in the process -that I’d like to believe-. Together we generate the environment of attention/affection and contain the energy (but this is my “romantic perspective”). Exposing myself to the audience means I have to take whatever they have to offer and work around our encountered (acceptance or rejection, anything could happen). We share that instant and its memories, even though we might not see each other again.

Music… moves me. It literally does… I rarely stay still when I listen to it. Ask my friends. Music heals me as dance does. Ska and Dancehall make me truly happy!!

Marielys is an independent artistic researcher & traveler working primarily through movement improvisation, ritual performance, and creative writing. Her ongoing research, ISLA en FUGA, explores the conditions/circumstances that have prompted- mobility and migration among Puerto Rican female dancers/choreographers, including herself. Since 2014, she has been documenting her own experiences of dislocation and relocation…


*Marielys Burgos Meléndez θα παρουσιάσει την performance Farewell: Elsewhere” (“Αλλού”) το Σάββατο 8 Οκτωβρίου στο Πάρκο Ριζάρη (Μετρό Ευαγγελισμός) στις 18.00 και την Κυριακή 9 Οκτωβρίου στο Κινητήρας Στούντιο (Ερεχθείου 22, Ακρόπολη) στις 18.00

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