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10 Questions - Yaron Lifschitz, artistic director, Circa

Summer Reading

Circa artistic director Yaron Lifschitz steps up to answer InQueensland Summer Reading’s 10 Questions.

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Did anything good come out of 2020?

It ended. I got a dog. I work in the arts and still have a job. Donald Trump lost the US election.

What’s your favourite summer memory?

I wish I could remember.

Are you a summer or a winter person?

More liminal – spring, maybe. I also enjoy autumn. Perhaps I’m a person for all seasons.

How do you stay resilient during periods of change, like the year just gone?

You have no choice. Especially when you lead an organisation – you just have to do it.

Who were your heroes of 2020?

I was amazed at Bob Dylan’s songwriting in ‘Rough and Rowdy Ways’ and anyone who made it through the year with their health, sanity and finances intact is heroic. [Director] Robert Connolly inspired me with [Australian feature film] The Dry.

What’s your secret ambition?

If I told you, it wouldn’t be a secret.

What’s your favourite holiday spot?

I don’t take holidays. Occasionally I stay at home and read a book.

What are you hoping for in 2021?

I’m hoping that it’s better than 2020. I’m also hoping that we get to tour again and the world figures out how to stop arguing and solve climate change and get this virus under control.

What have you been watching on television/streaming services lately?

I’m reading Patrick Modiano’s The Occupation Trilogy and watching a lot of opera on line. I loved Climax on SBS on Demand and enjoyed Bridgeton and The Good Fight.                                                    

Any people or businesses to watch in 2021?

Tracey Robertson from [Emmy and BAFTA Award-winning production company] Hoodlum is back in Brisbane. I can’t wait to see what she and Nathan Mayfield get up to.

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