We’re delighted to welcome Vancouver-born Kirsten Wicklund to Ballet BC as a full-time company member this season! You may recognize Kirsten from her performances at Dances for a Small Stage, on stage with Washington Ballet or on recent tour with Rasta Thomas’ Rock the Ballet. Learn more about Kirsten through the Proust Questionnaire, a personality questionnaire made famous by French writer Marcel Proust.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
To be living fully in the present moment.
What is your greatest fear?
Which living person do you most admire?
So easy…my mother.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Self-doubt. When it is around I limit myself from my possibilities. I am always trying to eliminate self-doubts and challenge myself to be brave.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Apathy, or having a general disinterest or disengagement with the world, the present moment, or an endeavour.
What is your greatest extravagance?
High heels, I just love a good pair of high heels even though they are horrific for my poor feet!
On what occasion do you lie?
I think I do when I am faced with a strong fear.
What do you dislike most about your appearance?
I am learning every day to love and appreciate myself more, there then becomes less room for things I dislike about myself and more space for positivity and love.
When and where were you happiest?
When I am in a total fit of laughter with someone I love…nothing beats a good laugh, it’s like fuel for life and passion. I LOVE to laugh. People have told me I laugh too much and too loud. I think thats debatable :)
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
To be more spontaneous. I like planning, list-making, and being prepared. I think I would like to change that in order to be open to the possibilities that already exist in front of me…so I could see them more clearly.
If you could change one thing about your family what would it be?
That I could put them in my pocket and take them with me wherever in the world I may go.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My perseverance in my craft. I have often been faced with situations that could have stopped me from continuing my career as an artist and I have persevered through them with everything inside of me. This is my greatest achievement, to be able to continue doing the work I was made to do even when it scares me and I feel I cannot go on.
What is your most treasured possession?
My time & my art…if those are possessions. My movement practice is very valuable to me, as is the time I take to nurture it.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
To lose passion in life and be without the desire to explore, create, learn, grow and experience.
Who are your heroes in real life?
My mother and her most amazing father…my papa. They are the most incredible humans I have met in my life. Also my peers & fellow artists I am with everyday, they are the biggest source of inspiration to me.
What is it that you most dislike?
Seafood. Seriously, yuckkk.
How would you like to die?
Fulfilled and with nothing unspoken.
What is your motto?
Be here now.
For more information on Kirsten, read her full bio on our website.