This month, we're exploring all things creative: looking at the relationship between meditation + brainwaves + creativity, and hosting plenty of events to flex our creative muscles. To prep us, we interviewed some of our favourite artists around town to give us some insight about how creativity shows up for them. Today, we have Ralph Escamillan, a local, fierce, dancer whom we partnered with for an event this summer that we haven't stopped thinking about since!
Tell us about what you do!
My Name is Ralph Escamillan and I am a professional dancer, working in commercial movie/tv, Canadian contemporary companies and make my own work under my alias FakeKnot. I am also the founder of Van Vogue Jam, an organisation based on creating workshops and events that share vogue/ballroom culture to Vancouver. Im also an avid collaborator with local artist such as Five Left Leather and Lululemon Lab.
Were you always creative? When did you realize this?
I think ive always been creative… i think everyone is creative…
What is your creative ritual (or perhaps you don't have one)?
I think being alive is my creative ritual.
How would you describe feeling "in flow"/ tapping into "the flow"? When do you know you're there?
I feel the most “in flow” when I can’t distinguish the difference between my inner and outer body, when I merge as one being and am able to fill the space outside of myself as well as the inner side of myself simultaneously.
What is the best thing about creating art for a living?
The best this is that I don’t need to get paid to create.
What is the trickiest or worst thing?
Trickiest thing would be that getting paid as an artist usually creates compromise and finding the balance with staying alive and creating my work.
If you could experiment with and master any other medium/ form of expression, what would it be? (dance, paint, etc.)
I'd want to be a scientist.
Catch Ralph in action at the next Vogue Ball by VanVogueJam on Dec 14. Details here (link)