When we started our project we decided that we wanted to interact with creative, talented and intelligent women. We are lucky because our small business has introduced to us plenty of interesting and empowered women so far, women like Júlia Rodón, an incredible multidisciplinary artist and a great actress. Some months ago, the photographer Eli Salcedo took some pictures of Júlia wearing our Fall Winter designs and during the session we talked to her about her work, her art point of view, her projects and how she sees the Barcelona theater scene.
1. Júlia, we know you are an actress but you are like a kind of very creative person and I think you have knowledge of different arts. Can you tell us a little bit about you and your training?
Yes, I have mainly formed as an actress but I have always felt an interest in different artistic disciplines. By the way, I introduced myself to the world of classical dance, and for about six years it was my passion, when I was older, I wanted to try other types of dance like the contemporary and even the belly dance I also trained in circus disciplines before joining the Institut del Teatre, I tried the trapeze and the clown, which I keep a very good record.
At the same time, I have always been involved in drawing and painting, it has always been so present in my life that I was not conscious about art until I have not been older enough. Although I did some drawing, painting and even sculpture courses when I was a teenager.
Now I still find moments to illustrate. I like to imagine people in everyday situations, in beautiful spaces, well dressed, It approach my idea of simple warm life. As well as the ceramics, it's been a while since I started, and I could say that the art of turn is my yoga, and it also fills the house with unique objects that I make to my taste.
2 We know you are an actress who adores to play in theaters. Why do you think theater brings much more to actors and actresses than working on TV or cinema ....
I think the theater is the most direct form of playing. Direct in the sense that allows you to make the whole playing trip without breaks, and then, of course, it is very grateful because it allows you to understand the actions of each character, reach the climax of the plot, etc. in a very fluid way. Not to mention the fun that this implies to the actors. There is also the audience factor, theater allows you to hear their reactions, their breaths, know if they are with you, living the story ... There's nothing more rewarding than feeling that the audience travels with you, at the end this is the goal! And lastly, as a double-edged sword, there is the risk of direct, the possibility of anything can happens, it is so frightening and attractive, especially at the moment just before the show starts.
3. What new interpretative projects you like from the Barcelona theater current scene.
In the recent years there have been directors and actors who have found the way to make theater for everyone. There is nothing that disgusts me more than the "theater for scholars" because I think that theater is a great tool for communicating and expressing ourselves.
There are young people who, having many knowledge, have found new ways to explain the classics; I love being able to see a Shakespeare play, for example, next to a person who is fifteen years old and feel that we both can be touched at the same.
There is also a wide array of small theater spaces that work hard to survive and offer all king of theater plays. These are pieces made with low budget but with high dedication and involvement by the whole team, which is why these plays are authentic unique art pieces.
4. How do you think fashion influences the actors work?
I think that in a process, fashion in the theater begins very far from the actors, but it ends very close to them. Unless it is a very collaborative work, it is usually the director who discusses with the costume designers and space designers what role fashion should play in a show. This decision influences so much the assembly of the space that can totally change the play. That is why it is very important for the actors to know how we will dress, how will be the space ... these are tools that help us to know how will play our characters (it is not the same to do a Chekhov play dressed with nineteenth century dresses than with 21st century clothes). There are opinions of all kinds, but I like to try out the clothes as soon as possible, since it often influences our way of being on the stage.
5. What do you think that the actors and actresses work brings in a society like the present one?
Many things, and overall positive. There are currently so many resources that everyone lives related to the world of acting and actors. I do not mean only those who go to the theater, therefore, but also to the consumers of films and series (in this time we are almost all of us). Media are so diverse and tell us so many stories, of so many types, and with so many resources, that we have all sorts of images in our heads, we have seen almost everything. And I want to think that this makes us richer, it opens our minds. And that, therefore, we may value reality from a somewhat wider place, as well as we remain linked to imagination and fantasy for more time than we have allowed until now. Imagining it should not only be for children.
6. As an artist, how do you try to consume or buy fashion, food or even travel ...?
I suppose, taking into account my answers so far, I guess I have a certain liking for unique artisan things, things that are made as a result of a brand ethic meaning beyond enriching themselves. I find that things done with dedication have a lot of peculiarities, that make from an everyday experience like dressing or eating a pasta dish, a total different experience, a unique moment. When I travel, I like to melt in the cities I visit. I and my partner often travel, and the same thing always happens: we would like to live some months in all the places we visit, in order to live it seriously, and have the chance to discover the small places that locals visit.
As I commented on the first question, I like to live life on a simple and ethic way. And sometimes this is so easy, like putting on a nice dress and being with someone I love in a cozy place.
7. And finally,in what projects are you currently involved?
I have worked in a theater company for the last four years, since I finished l'Institut del Teatre, and it has been very intense and rewarding. We have worked with classics and with our own creations. The last project in which I have been involved was during El Festival Grec in Barcelona, in the Hiroshima space and was called Utopia. Now I close this chapter in order to start a new one, in which I feel more fond of focusing on a type of theater more related to the text.