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with Alenka Ponjavic, opera singer and popcorn addict
Bev Clark, Kubatana.net
April 29, 2011
have been wowed for several years by Alenka Ponjavic who regularly
performs at the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA).
graciously gave Kubatana some of her time and went Inside Out with
Alenka Ponjavic - the princess of the Balkans and Queen of Everyone
and Everything and Everywhere else (she really believes this is
true), Opera singer and Artist at HIFA.
Find out more about Alenka from her web site: www.alenkaponjavic.com
Describe yourself in five words?
Determined, a bit crazy, passionate, artistic, compassionate (I
What's the best piece of advice you've ever
From my mother: if you're going to do something, do it properly
or don't bother.
What's the most ridiculous thing you've ever
Stapling a dress together and singing in it in front of 5,000 people.
Ridiculous is necessary and very present.
What is your most treasured possession?
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
On a global scale, a large number of people not having access to
Do you have any strange hobbies?
Getting up and singing in front of strangers. I write poetry and
paint and don't have any talent for it.
What do you dislike most about your appearance?
My nose and my double chin.
What is your greatest extravagance?
I don't really have any.
What have you got in your fridge?
2 litres of milk that's gone off, a bottle of champagne and
a bit of cheese.
What is your greatest fear?
To be imprisoned for no reason. To be imprisoned innocent.
What have you got in your pockets right now?
No pockets on me!
What is your favourite journey?
All journeys are favourite. As long as they are journeys I am happy,
and life itself is a journey.
Who are your heroes in real life?
I make a point of having no heroes. Ultimately when you meet a person
who you think is a hero you realise they are just a person.
When and where were you happiest?
The day I got accepted at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
to study music. Its been a holiday ever since.
What's your biggest vice?
Addiction to popcorn. I am in the process of developing Popcorn
Anonymous. The first thing I checked at HIFA after dropping my suitcase
was where the popcorn machine was. Otherwise I would have called
What were you like at school?
One of those people who wanted to have lots of results without working
are you doing next?
Ordering a carrot cake, my second biggest vice
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