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“Artwork is telling the listener ‘You aren’t alone’”

Artwork and Stage

Once we chat with Olivia Ruiz, the language turns into grasping. Phrases bounce with precision. As intense on stage to sing exile and the ability of braveness as within the writing of her novels, the younger girl tells us the guide of her life.


She is a lady from the south who grew up with the solar in her coronary heart, within the village of Marseillette, in Aude, the place everybody is aware of one another. These from right here and people from elsewhere, having fled this Francoist Spain, as did his grandparents. Olivia Ruiz turns her life into an ideal epic and fiery novel, filled with songs and poetry, gestures and smiles.

She has her work lower out for her: the present “Bouches cousues” in Brussels on the finish of this month, a second novel “Take heed to the rain falling”, two comics tailored from her books, the preparation of a brand new album… “With the beginning of the brand new college yr, you need to discover the tight rhythm that’s that of a mom, however above all it’s pleasure” she mentioned in her undulating voice.

Paris Match. In the event you give the impression of all the time finishing up a number of tasks on the similar time, every little thing is smart and seems to be linked.
Olivia Ruiz. It took me to achieve my forties to understand how a lot every little thing I’ve performed, from my albums to my musical “Volver” to the TV film “Etats d’urgence” the place I play a feminine cop in the long run of his life and till this present “Bouches cousues”, converged on the identical level, the identical topic: the opposite and the place he occupies in our lives. In truth, I may sum up my profession by the title of a really good movie “What binds us”. The hyperlink inhabits all my tasks, nonetheless totally different they might be.

Is there a quest for self on this impulse in direction of the opposite?
Regardless of the household silence on my grandparents’ facet, linked to their exile, I didn’t really feel in ache about my id. I used to be born French, in a heat house and a loving household, and certainly dysfunctional as all households on the earth are. Very younger, I felt this Spain in me. However slightly than a seek for id, it was my curiosity that allowed me to seek out myself. I didn’t really feel imprisoned by their silence and their struggling, I traced my path by expressing my attachment to the thought of ​​the hyperlink. After all, by dint of analysis, I realized extra in regards to the thriller of my innate attraction to Spain, I documented myself on psychogenealogy. What makes me all the time drawn to overseas international locations? Is it a easy trait of my persona or a legacy? I discover it thrilling to dissect beings, to establish what belongs to them, to see how our ancestors situation our lives. I’m nonetheless amazed to see how this Spain has come to reside in me. A tradition encountered as a baby, across the age of 10, and I am not simply speaking in regards to the annual meal with the nation’s cousins ​​throughout Holy Week.

Does this style for sharing and the opposite come from the household café and your musician and singer dad?
I’ve certainly recognized a method of life in group, as is commonly the case in immigrant households who are likely to undertake a type of withdrawal however which additionally seems to be very stunning and beneficiant. And at house, household ties prolonged to a complete village. Rising up in my maternal grandparents’ café – my mother and father labored loads – I used to be confronted with the distinction very early on. As well as, I’ve nice mother and father when it comes to tolerance, they’re extraordinary, open, curious. I imagine that in touch with my grandparents, with whom I spent most of my time, I in a short time had the need to maintain them from their exile, in a really spontaneous and infantile perspective. Lastly, artwork is saying to those that take heed to us, come to see us in efficiency or learn to us: “You aren’t alone”. My vocation most likely comes from my childhood. However hey, these are the little tales I inform myself, my little private mythology.

©Sydney Carron

Exaltation of physique and thoughts

Your lyrics, your reveals and your novels exhibit a pure and wealthy eloquence. Do phrases take priority over every little thing?
I used to be rocked by Nougaro, Bécaud, Montand, Brel… Nice lovers of phrases whose magnificence I heard because of my mother and father. However I understand that with writing, which is increasingly important in my life, the physique turns into essential. Pulsation, flesh, vibration, dance have all the time been current. Oddly, writing brings me nearer to the physique by means of its rhythm. Furthermore, the principle character of my novel, Carmen, experiences her liberation by means of the expression of her physique. Males sana in corpore sano: if my physique vibrates, I reside!

Out of your beginnings, we observed your manner of occupying area, your gestures, a sure sensuality.
My southern facet has one thing to do with it. As quickly as there may be racing, the palms begin shifting. The climate, and the gap from my area, additional reinforce this gesture, the energy of which I lack in Paris. When the physique accompanies the phrases, you place your coronary heart into it too. This verve, this little grain of insanity particular to individuals near the Mediterranean amuses and fascinates me. I discover a number of poetry and sincerity there. I selected to reside in Montmartre. Paris exudes such power that it generates stress and sometimes flirts with a cult of individualism. It is a bit troublesome once you grew up like me in sharing and group spirit. I discover this spirit on tour, and in Montmartre greater than wherever else within the capital.

“I’m conscious that life goes rapidly so I’d have saved that, telling the individuals I really like that I really like them. »

“Bouches cousues” talks about exile and the Spanish resistance by means of revolutionary songs but additionally a part of your repertoire.
This present tells the drama of our present society but additionally the hope that may emerge if we dare to face the state of affairs. And seeking to the previous helps to look extra clearly and farsightedly on the future. The drama of exile that I recount helps, I hope, to raised perceive the opposite. We speak about benevolence, wealth, and braveness in fact. That of the Spaniards who fought the dictatorship for therefore lengthy. The place the place I come closest to myself is the stage and seeing me there may be the easiest way for the general public to know who I’m. Even when at this time it’s also possible to learn me. I wrote this present in phases, within the whole pleasure of discovering my groups. Band chief is a task that fits me very nicely and nothing is finished with ache. I really like my function as a supervisor, getting the most effective out of an individual by making them as fulfilled as potential. On the premiere, once I began dancing, I noticed the musicians on the verge of tears. These are items of life. However on their lonesome in entrance of my pc writing my novel, I do know stage fright, doubt, despair. Particularly once I write the painful episodes of sure characters. And I can blame myself for making them reside by means of so many dramas.

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Do the phrases you employ artistically come so simply in on a regular basis life?
Oh sure, I communicate very, even too freely with my household! I’ve this capability to say issues as I really feel them, and particularly to say “I really like you”. I say it on a regular basis, to my family, to my son, to my pals. I selected to trivialize the “I really like you” in my life, to not popularize it, to make it straightforward to entry. I’m conscious that life goes rapidly so I’d have saved that, inform the individuals I really like that I really like them. With pleasure and cheerfulness. I do know that there’s urgency to reside issues. After which it is my persona to be pleased, playful. I really like making my pals chortle and I’ve a bunch of girlfriends who look identical to me.

Did the big success of your first novel put stress on you or, quite the opposite, allowed you to strategy this one with lightness?
Do not get me flawed, I am the sort to place stress on myself on a regular basis. I discover myself judging myself and stopping myself, the mechanisms of writing are very complicated phenomena. However I do not assume the success modified the state of affairs even when I did not wish to disappoint the readers who preferred “La Commode aux drawers de couleurs”.

©Sydney Carron

What’s your favourite phrase ?
The phrase “sorority” appears to have been invented for me, my household, my pals. And there’s a phrase that has bothered me since childhood. He grabbed me on the bend of a guide, it is “presbytery”. If I’m of Catholic tradition, I’m not very non secular. However I discover it mysterious, mystical in fact. What may have been occurring in my kid’s head?

What’s your relationship to style and magnificence?
Clothes has all the time been, in my eyes, a way of expression. I had put apart my fashion slightly due to my motherhood however right here I come again to it. Very younger, I discovered items in second-hand garments. Mates nonetheless inform me about my take a look at the time, I did not observe style. However at this time, I admire many designers like Ann Demeulemester, Jacquemus, Carven, Miu Miu… And I identical to mixing a garment from 25 years in the past with a chunk from an ideal designer. My inexperienced fiber for sure. The primary 5 years of my son, I had different considerations than style: caring for him and writing. He’s now a giant boy, I discover time to have enjoyable with the garments.

What do you wish to spend your free time doing?
Studying and cooking. I cook dinner natural, I take note of what we eat and it is a pleasure to teach my son’s palate. At virtually 7 years previous, Nino by no means hesitates to style something and eats cuttlefish à la provençale in addition to an aioli. Admittedly, like all kids, he likes pasta with ham and pizzas, however he’s curious.

“Bouches cousues” present on September 30 at W:Corridor in Woluwé-Saint-Pierre
E book: Olivia Ruiz, Take heed to the rain fall, JCLattès editions

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