Why do you do what you do?Mostly for personal reasons and to change the world.
How do you work? (What are your source of inspiration and how do you work on them? You have daily practices?)
I often work collectively, through a dialogue, through different forms of exchanges. I often get inspired by people I work with.
I read and I meditate. I go to cinema a lot. I go to gym occasionally. I spend a lot of time in bookshops and libraries. I like some museums. I love the place of theatre but unfortunately I don’t go there enough. I try to fight the efficiency when it becomes structural. I try to work differently in order to have different ideas.
For you, what role does the artist have in society today?
Marginal and therefore essential.
Ivana Müller is a choreographer, artist and author of texts.
Although she creates through various forms, and occasionally shows in visual art contexts (Venice Biennale 2015, among others), theatre remains the principle frame in which she develops and presents her work.
Her pieces – among others How Heavy Are My Thoughts (2003), While We Were Holding It Together (2006), Playing Ensemble Again And Again (2008), 60 Minutes of Opportunism (2010), Partituur (2011), In Common (2012), We are Still Watching (2012-2015), Positions (2013), Edges (2016) – have been produced and presented in some of the major theatre festivals and venues in Europe, USA and Asia, over the last 14 years.
In her practice she colleborates with artists and theoreticians such as Bojana Kunst, David Weber Krebs, Andrea Bozic, Jonas Rutgeerts, Jefta van Dinther, Bill Aitchison, Paz Rojo, Sarah van Lamsweerde, Christine de Smedt and many others.
In 2007 Müller received the Charlotte Koehler Prize from the Prins Bernhard Fund (NL) for her oeuvre, as well as the Impulse Festival & Goethe Institute Prize for her piece While We Were Holding It Together.
Next to her artistic practice, Ivana Müller curates artistic and discursive encounters and lectures at different Art Schools and Universities in Europe.
Müller studied Comparative literature and French at the University of Zagreb, Choreography & dance at the Amsterdam School of Arts and Fine Arts at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin.
She was born in Zagreb and grew up in Croatia and in Amsterdam. IM lives in Paris and works internationally.