Hello, could you please introduce yourself?
Hello. My name is Katarína, but my stage name is Chilli. I primarily engage in dance – I teach, I perform, I choreograph and battle. I also teach exercise classes at the university. I have a pedagogy diploma.
I am originally from Banská Bystrica but thanks to the dance and lifestyle I came to Bratislava where I now live. And for now, I’ll stay here.
How is your life in Slovakia?
I’m happy. I have never lived abroad, I only lived in Prague for a year and a half, and moreover, it was more of a student life than my current work life. I’m fine here. But I must add that life in Bratislava is quite different from other places in Slovakia. And I can no longer imagine living in my hometown. Because I see some differences.
Series: Voice of Youth
- They are -cet, sometimes even -ten. They live in different parts of the world and if they meet, it will probably be in the virtual environment of social networks where they live and continue to live a large part of their lives.
- How do they live in today’s world? And how does the place where they were born reflect on their individual lives? Living in an era of global political, social and technological change, is this younger generation different from their predecessors?
For example, doing a live dance and being a professional would be problematic in other cities in Slovakia (more so than in Bratislava). As well as connecting with other artists and people from the entire dance field. Life in Bratislava is comfortable for me. Here are my favorite jobs and places. I also feel that the local community suits me better.
Is there someone in the Slovak public sphere who inspires you and should be recognized in the Czech Republic?
Our President Zuzana Čaputová comes to mind because she is an important personality. Apart from that, there are many interesting people in Slovakia, but I can’t think of anyone else right now. But I have to say that I also think about things you shouldn’t know. For example, from show business (laughs).
If you had to describe Slovakia with three hashtags, which would they be?
#Slovakia is definitely the first. Then #modest. It seems to me that Slovaks differ from people from more distant countries in that they are modest. They’re also very grateful, and I don’t mean insecure, but sometimes they seem confident out of fear.
And the third? This is a hard question. And just to choose a word. I’ll say #december. I mean border areas. The geographic boundary between the center and the east.
I always try to ask about something current. As one of the few European countries, there is a woman at the head of the state. Do you see it as important?
The election of a female president was very important to Slovak society. That’s why I consider past elections important. It was a good feeling that even a woman could hold such an important position in Slovakia, and it still is.
Because yes, we have a female president, but most of the MPs are male. So I feel that the election of President Čaputová is groundbreaking and important.
It’s also great that (Čaputová) is involved in contemporary and open issues.
Which is your favorite social network?
Probably Instagram. Because my balloon, whether he’s dancing or getting my friends together, spends most of his time here. It is also a very simple visual platform. As a dancer, my work is easily demonstrated and I can also watch what happens in other dance scenes.
What do social networks mean to you? Can you imagine living without them?
For me they are a means of communication and communication with others – both work and friendship. Also, networks have already become a standard thing in our lives. Together they make up our life.
But sometimes, I think about the fact that sometimes they influence my thinking. For example, when pulling something on them. If they didn’t, I don’t know if I would have worked and worked the way I did.
However, a world without networks would certainly be different. I could live without them, but I can’t imagine anymore. After all, I’ve been using it for a long time.
What are you most afraid of in today’s world?
I feel this emotionally, but lately human communication has been bothering me. Disrespectful communication in the parent-child relationship and even between strangers. It’s also humiliating and inhumane.
Read past episodes of the series
Editor Natálie Sousa interviewed young people from Argentina or Cuba, for example.
Also, I have never encountered such a sense of global fear due to global issues such as the epidemic and war in Ukraine, which resonated so much in Slovakia. I’m afraid of that too.
What would the world be like where you want to live?
There should be mutual respect. I also think there is a need in the world for something that doesn’t always shape people in a positive way and then pushes them to create something better and more positive.
Humanity, ecology, quality education and advanced discussion are also important to me. And also the balance in the world.
So I can still create. I like it when something positive keeps me busy because it’s important to me. Also to be healthy and happy both physically and mentally.
What does success mean to you?
I perceive it differently. To me, success means focusing on something long-term and intensely and continuing to do it.
How would you describe yourself as a typical representative of the younger Slovak generation?
It seems to me that we are a generation experiencing great changes. We grew up in the new Slovakia separated from the Czech Republic and are experiencing separate development.
What has inspired you the most lately?
During the pandemic, I worked at a timeless kindergarten where I was inspired by the study team. How it works, what its principles are, but also the children themselves.
Mutual play, interaction between adults and children, inspires me.
What do you think is the biggest myth or stereotype about Slovakia?
I think alcohol.
Are you saying that Slovaks drink too much alcohol?
Yes. I don’t feel this is relevant. Yes, they say so, but I don’t know if it really is. Unless it’s an old idea.
What do you want Czechs to know or not know about Slovakia?
I must admit that I encountered the negative attitude of some of my classmates from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, that it was the Slovaks who drove (both nations) to a lower economic level in their common history. And I think this is stupid. They may have held lower positions, but for the Czech Republic their main center of study was in Slovakia.
I would also like to point out that although I do not know which part of the answers will fit, they say that Czechs do not understand Slovaks, Slovaks do, God knows how. If not told.
Source: Seznam Zpravy