Creative force Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore dances to her own beat

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Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I make films. I dance. I paint. I love cooking.

FAVOURITE BAND?

I’m really enjoying with working with emerging songstress Kaiit at the moment.

FAVOURITE SONG?

I can’t have favourite songs. But I tell you whenever I hear Emma Donavon open her mouth to sing, that tone of her voice - it completely sits me on my ass.

FAVOURITE FEMALE ARTIST AND WHY?

Ecca Vandal. She is the definition of BOSS. Clear intentional artistic force with every move she makes.

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IS THIS WHAT YOU'VE ALWAYS DREAMED OF?

Papa is a painter and mama is a dancer. I was born into the most artistic of environments, surrounded by poets, writers, filmmakers, painters, performers - all from birth. So the destiny was inevitable, I just kept following the path that has been unfolding for me since I was young. Nowadays I dream about living a simpler life, having more time to spend with my family, sleeping in on Sundays and watching the tele.

DESCRIBE YOUR WORK ETHIC

I’m a workaholic, totally obsessed with creativity. That's a lot of sleepless nights, no weekends and a lot of superhero moves. The art come first.

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DO YOU HAVE RITUALS?

Dancing keeps me alive, it’s my greatest lifeline out of my moments of despair, it's my greatest joy. I tend to my garden often, growing my own veggies, if i'm lucky I try and speak to the neighbours. I've traveled the world a lot and met people from many different countries. I often close my eyes and imagine them, they're at the exact same time as me existing somewhere else in the world. I imagine what the light is like, what their day is like, how they might feel, what troubles their mind. Puts my place in the world into a bigger perspective.

BEST ADVICE YOU'VE BEEN GIVEN?

I chatted with Shellie Morris recently, I was beaming at her with a million and one inspired thoughts, so much that I couldn’t really get it out in words. She just smiled at my softly and said, "just sit, it will come". She talked to me about the days she had sound out on country with her aunties, just lying in their laps, not talking. Just being. Sitting in silence together. That's stuck with me.

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WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AS A KID? HAS ANYTHING CHANGED?

I was loud, with a husky voice, big eyebrows and always bossing everyone around. Not a lot has changed. My mum always recalls the times she would take me to theatre shows and age five I would come out after the curtains went down giving a run down critique on the production. The lighting design, the performers, the cues. I was highly creative and had a critical artist's eye. Always curating the world around me. I was on stage from a young age, so drawn to the prospect of creation and artistic process. I would be in many life modelling drawing sessions with my mum as the model and I remember a women coming over to me and asking me if when I grow up I wanted to be an artist. I looked up at her with very stern sentiment replied “I already am one".

WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AS A TEENAGER? WHAT MAJOR THINGS DID YOU COME TO REALISE AS YOU GREW UP? 

I was the kid in school that never really showed up to class, but still got top marks in all the arts subjects. The kid that all the teachers said had "so much potential if only she applied herself". I was once made to sit an IQ test just to make sure I didn't have a learning disability. I grew up fast, and was born old. I started working when I was 16, teaching dance, making films, taking photos. So life as I know it now seems like life as it's always been. Having not studied at uni or been that interested in high school, life experiences raised me. I look back now and in some ways wish I had an education. It would have made it easier to value my own worth and skill set from a much younger age. I grew up thinking it was a very normal thing to be multi-talented and make a living from what you love. As I've grown older I encountered so many people wishing they had followed their dreams. Trying to release themselves from the 9-5 life. It's always been a natural point of mine to now really encourage and support people to do what brings them joy. I learnt to tell people what I loved and admired about them as soon as I saw it. I learnt that I mustn't take my freedom for granted.

Claudia is the co-creator of Her Sound Her Story which screens in Sydney on July 11 and Melbourne July - get tickets here. Read the EL Letter here and follow Her Sound Her Story on Instagram. Follow Claudia on Instagram here.