On the Couch with Imara Savage

Imara Savage AAR On the CouchWho is Imara Savage?
Mother, theatre / opera director.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I actually love what I do and since I was a child I wanted to work in the theatre so it’s hard to think of an alternate profession, but maybe I’d like to be a historian. Or a writer. Or write historical fiction! Something I could do quietly while reading and drinking cups of tea. I think I’m essentially an introvert currently doing an extrovert’s job.

Who inspires you and why?
Beyoncé. My grandmother. Legends both.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
More compassion. Less judgement. Compulsory meditation.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Robe, South Australia & Ballina (far north coast NSW). One is a place of my childhood memories and one is the place where my children are building their childhood memories.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Beach hopping around the harbour – Neilson Park, Redleaf, Balmoral, Chinaman’s Beach… it’s what makes Sydney such a special city to live in.

What are you currently reading?
Rage Becomes Her by Soraya Chemaly.

What are you currently listening to?
Ariana Grande and Kaija Saariaho.

Happiness is?
A bath with lavender oil. My beautiful family.

What does the future hold for you?
Making ‘new’ Australian work with collaborators from a variety of disciplines. Making works of scale. Trying to navigate that elusive work/life balance.

Imara directs the Australian premiere of La Passion de Simone for Sydney Chamber Opera in association with The Song Company at Carriageworks from 9 January – as part of the 2019 Sydney Festival. For more information, visit: www.sydneyfestival.org.au for details.

Image: Imara Savage (supplied)