What is the best thing that I love about my work? Freedom! To choose to do what I want, when I want it. The freedom to be able to experience new lives, to taste new emotions, to be able to experiment in my body what they are not.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? Happiness must be momentary, because otherwise we could’n leave us invaded by joy. Happiness is Love, pure love, unconditional. Look at the world and stay spellbound every time.
What is my greatest fear? I have no great fears. There is always a solution.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I’m very ambitious, and ambition can be a double-edged sword: either it lets you win or succumb behind you.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? I admire those who work every day with dedication, I admire those who invent, who does not stop creating. I admire who makes a team, who creates links and shares.
What is my greatest extravagance? I can’t stay more than three weeks in the same place. There comes a point at which I will have to leave. I never stopped: I am on a plane to Cape Town next week!
On what occasion would I lie? When the lie is used to save the person in front of us. I call them “good lies”.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? When people are looking for you just for their own benefit; and you feel used. The thing I don’t like about my job is the opportunistic colleagues.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? When in any area we were able to create a project exactly as we imagined it. ‘Accademia Internazionale del Musical’ e ‘Vucciria Teatro’ are two clear examples of what I say.
If I could, what would I change about myself? I don’t know if I’d change. I am in the image and likeness of what I would have liked to be!
What is my greatest achievement in work? The creation of the International ‘Accademia Internazionale del Musical’ e ‘Vucciria Teatro’ founded with Joele Anastasi.
What do the words ‘The Financial Freedom to Create’ mean to me? Freedom is a word I used at the beginning of this interview: it is fundamental! Many dreams, many projects remain in the drawer, without the possibility of expression that is often obligated because of the lack of money. Having financial freedom means relying on professionals, not improvising, letting everyone work, everyone in his role, and then creating!
Where would I most like to live? I love Venice. But then I tired. I love Rome, city where I live, but after a while I have to get air. I love Sicily, where I was born, but after a while I run away. I’d love to live everywhere, around the world.
What is my most treasured possession? Love! Which I keep eternal in my heart.
What is my most marked characteristic? Charism. I can create working groups, close-knit and infallible.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? I’m an artist and an entrepreneur. These two figures do not collide well together, those who know me, know that I gave new sap to the cities where I arrived.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? I’m one who eats little and everything, I settle easily.
What books influenced my life and how? The first book I read was ‘Peter Pan’ – it was a gift from my mother – that book taught me the importance of the child living within each one of us. My child took the upper hand (thankfully) and allowed me to be the man I am today.
Who are my favorite writers? It will seem trivial, but Shakespeare and Pirandello kidnap me every time.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? The music of the heart of the person I love!
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Superman! Because he’s an alien!
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My father: he was a hero every day.
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? Meet Joe Black
What role plays art in my life and work? Total, essential, fundamental.
Whom would I like to work with in 2018? I would like to work with Paolo Sorrentino, I find his poetics very intense.
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? I would like to know and work with Massimo Ranieri.
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? I’m looking forward to the filming of the short film “Codice589” directed by Giancarlo Giuliano.
Where can you see me or my work in 2018?
4 March “The Great Gershwin” CATANIA • Metropolitan Theatre
9-11 March “Immacolata Concezione” TORINO • Tedacà Theatre
5-7 April “Immacolata Concezione” MILANO • Teatro Filodrammatici
13-14 April “Generazioni Scorrette” ROMA • Spazio Diamante
27 April “Io, mai niente con nessuno avevo fatto” FOLLONICA • Teatro OFF106
28 April “Io, mai niente con nessuno avevo fatto” PISA • Teatro Santa Maria a Monte
Also will be released the promo of “Italia, il musical” a film by Giuseppe Cardaci and I will shoot two short films directed by Giancarlo Giuliano and Vincent Navarra.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? The passion cannot end, choose not to suppress it because, in one way or another, it explodes inside and comes back more violent than before. Passion must be indulged and transformed into the work of our lives. If we do what we want, what we love, we will be free and happy people.
Which creative heroes should Peter invite to tell their story? All those who have a dream and are ready to share with the whole world. Dreams are not to be kept for themselves, but entrusted to the wind and distributed throughout the world.
This is the link to my book: https://static.lafeltrinelli.it/libri/enrico-sortino/sette-volte-un-uomo/9788892320932