And so, I proceeded to show him the notes for a song that he had taught me when I was as a child.
Nadia Ross, STO Union, P.O.R.N. (Portrait of Restless Narcissism)
artistic director (writer/director/performer), Canada
Theater der Welt: Who do you talk to about your work?
NR: I talk to everybody about projects and art. I walk down the street in the village I live in and talk to the people I happen to run into. I talk to the people at the local bar, where the STO Union team hangs out. Everybody knows everything and it’s like I am googling in the pre-internet way by talking with people. I find out totally other things than what I was asking them about, when I talk with people. People have told me that my only friends are the people I work with, so I tell them that I work with everybody so that I can have many, many friends.
TDW: Who inspires you?
NR: See answer to question one. That, and the landscape of the Outaouais region in Québec.
TDW: What music are you listening to at the moment? Name your favourite song(s)!
NR: Right now, I am listening to music because I am looking for a song for a project, so it’s not a favourite song but it’s a song that I have in my head. Facebook/matthewcanale - the song is 4:31 in length and it’s is two people with ukuleles. Also, in this vein for the same project: “Gajumaru Yaima – Pellucidity”
TDW: Which book should everyone read?
NR: Canada is the guest of honour at the 2020 Frankfurt Book Fair, so in that spirit, here are three Canadian authors that everyone should read: Islands of Decolonial Love by Leanne Simpson, nîtisânak by Lindsay Nixon and read something by Jacob Wren (go to his Blogspot ‘a radical cut in the texture of reality’ – he is also the person who gives me and many others great suggestions for books to read).
TDW: What is too late for you now?
NR: This is a photo of me and my father Alistair. He is in the final stages of dementia. The day this photo was taken he was having a very good day and we wheeled him in front of the piano. He said: "show me". And so, I proceeded to show him the notes for a song that he had taught me when I was as a child. So much that he taught me as a child has returned for me to show him again. This reality with my father is where I can be found, outside of work. It is too late to be young again. (photo credit: Janine Debanné)