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Animal Spirit Profiles: Suniti Dernovsek

Suniti Dernovsek

We interviewed and photographed Portland creatives we admire to find out a little bit more about their work.

Suniti Dernovsek: Horse

Suniti is a choreographer and performer whose raw, uninhibited work moves the spirit. Her dedication to her craft is awe-inspiring — and to see her perform is to witness a rare and generous grace. The expansive, fully alive and embodied nature of her work reminded us of the Horse card, whose physical stamina and mental focus bring the dedication required to sustain momentum.

  1. What is your medium? dance 
  2. Three words that describe your work. opulent, vivid, sensual 
  3. Three words that describe yourself. grounded, boundless, luminous 
  4. Where do you find inspiration? expanded time, being outside and in the studio, limited time, deadlines, working with other artists, being alone, seeing work, listening, being quiet, being still, improvising, momentum, being engaged 
  5. What's your biggest struggle as an artist? Money. It's exhausting to produce work under what feels like impossible financial conditions. 
  6. How do you rise up against that struggle? I'm so grateful to a community of supporters that value dance and have made my work possible. Sadly, many artists have at some point felt undervalued or underpaid yet artists engage with their communities in a way that is radical and important. When I am committed to a project I'm really excited to share it. The creation of art feels necessary even with the financial struggles. 
  7. Do you have a secret talent or super power? I'm a mom of a 3 year old which is a super power.
  8. What do you think your animal spirit is? I resonated with being the horse for this project and I've also found solace in the gray fox.