Dana Pajarillaga

Interview Highlights
Q: How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected you as a performing artist?
...In the beginning it also felt like there was so much pressure to dance in your home and post about it or post your workout everyday. But after a while, I feel like I got off my phone more and tried to figure out what I really wanted to do which was rest. I really wanted to rest. I just wanted to rest and do yoga and talk to my partner and watch movies, because we never have time to do that. I am in the studio six days a week, I come home, make dinner, and go to bed because I’m exhausted. There is never time during the year to rest...

Q: How do you feel about your parents working in healthcare right now?
I am super worried. My mom and dad are working in DC. I don’t know if my dad is joking, but the other day he said “if I die, I love you” and I was like “dad, why would you say that!?’” My mom also sent me a photo of a Filipino nurse who died of COVID-19 and said something like “pray for me.” It’s hard, I'm all the way in Germany and I don't know if I can or should go back because then I expose them to something or they expose me to something and there are a lot of things to manage and think about. So many thoughts in my head like what is the right thing for me to do. Where are the things I can do to help? I don't even know. It worries me for sure.
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DEMI-SOLOIST born in Washington D.C., U.S.A. EDUCATION The Juilliard School ENGAGEMENTS Rubberbandance Staatsballett Berlin REPERTORY Victor Quijada: »Ever So Slightly«, »Vic’s Mix«, Nacho Duato: »Por Vos Muero«, Jerome Robbins: »Moves«, Merce Cunningham: »Biped«, Josè Limon: »Missa Brevis«, Christoph Winkler: »Ernest Berk: The Complete Expressionist«, Dana Pajarillaga und Lukas Malkowski: »Fluidborders.wav« REPERTORY IN BERLIN Jefta van Dinther: »Plateau Effect«, Sharon Eyal: »STRONG« (»Ekman | Eyal«), Emanuel Gat: »Sunny« -STAATSballet-berlin