"I work a lot in improvisation in dance, this helps me understand something very simple: if you want to go up, you have to go down as well. You can't be in the past or in the future, you have to be here in the present. This gives you equilibrium. And this really gave me the structure, to raise my children, to grow myself … I understand that everything is energy. And when I work now, it’s the same: when I work, I dance.”
“I was sleeping very well last night, with no fear, at peace. I have confidence inside, not in myself, but a general confidence. Many people say you are strong, you have confidence in yourself … No, no, no, sometimes, I’m very much without confidence … But confidence in life, yes! Confidence in the move … To be confident in myself, I work. All my life, I'm trying to become confident that we are connected, that we are light, but my belief in life, the moving of life and all, comes from beauty and love. And I believe this energy is inside me … How should I put it? I don’t want to say that it is difficult to achieve or that it is difficult to be different from others. Sometimes people did not understand me, I was a little early, ahead of time … All my life … and … I have a belief inside me, stuck on me. And fear … I don’t feel fear. And so, it was not difficult for me to not have fear, because it was like that. People who have a lot of things in their heads have fear.”
“For me, success means to find each time this kind of identification, of equilibrium. I think I have success with my art pieces because I know they’re beautiful. I need to sell them so that I can live, but inside me, I don’t need recognition.”
There’s no reason to be jealous. "This life is my life, your life is a different life … I have no fear, but I have to work for this. I have been working on myself for a long time. I was often alone, working, reading, thinking …”
"Nothing is bad in itself, it’s how you are dealing with it. Even in chocolate, there’s a lot of bad … It’s not about what, but about how."
“The machine is broken, it has been broken for a while now. We understood that some time ago …”
“Perhaps, there was a period when we went into deep materiality, the humanity, and I think we learn, learn, learn, until we see the limit. And now, we have to pass over to another consciousness. And we have already passed. So now, we need the same energy, to believe, to continue … It is not so easy to continue, so I am thankful I have this power – without any real theory to believe – to feel that we went for something different. I was working for that. And now it turned out I was right.”
“Development is more a technique of this world, it’s nothing very important to me. Evolution is important, because evolution is more common … For me, evolution is to learn why we are here, to learn what we have to learn, to recognize and feel and live the unity of the universal ground … To align. Evolution is to grow up. We were very free, education and culture make us go ‘du-du-du-du-du’ in our heads, and when we have the click, we begin again to be free, to be light, to be happy people, to enjoy. I think we came here to enjoy and to learn; like a child, but with the consciousness. We should stop listening to politicians, stop drinking Coca-Cola … Evolution is to recognize what we forgot, to say: 'O-O, perhaps I have to think, about what I want really, perhaps it’s not this … Evolution is to begin being an adult. We are children of the earth, and with the consciousness, we become adults.”
In Syros, the weather is very clean. “We have summer from April until September. But 10 years ago, summers were different, because now, you have to put something on in the night, whereas before, we couldn't sleep until 3 a. m. because of the heat … We never used to put anything on us until the end of January. And we were eating outside until the end of January. Now, it’s different …”
“Lots of people are afraid of change, because you definitely lose some things. But nothing is permanent … Everything changes. If you understand this, deep, then you’re not afraid.”
“I like to share … Everything I learn, I pass on. But it’s not about teaching, it’s about sharing things: joy, love, inspiration, fantasy. To open something. Sometimes, I think, it’s not the things we do, but who we are …"
Music, dance, all I teach, is the same, they speak of the same…to be ourselves. I made here in the village lot of things to stop the TV haha… I say take the opportunity, I’m already here; take what I can give you, take, what I am. Because after, when I go, they say why you go? Take now!…”
Rachel has always been a start-upper, and "connection person" on Syros island, being involved in many creative things, with people of all ages. Among other things, she initiated the founding of the association Open Art Studio as the legal ground for funding, organizing and implementing creative project, such as festivals, exhibitions, workshops, concerts, etc.
The festival has been going on since 2012, promoting non-formal segment of accordion music. Each year, they try to present a different way of listening and learning the accordion (classical, contemporary, rebetiko, tarantella …). Last year, the festival featured 26 accordionists, mostly from the Greek region of Thrace and Italy. The theme was traditional Italian tarantella and the traditional music of Thrace, which is played by Bulgarian Greeks and has the same rhythm as tarantella. The festival opened up the space for their collaboration and experimentation.
The way Rachel creates her art pieces reflects the way she is; the way she understands and dwells in the world. Everything and everyone she runs into is never useless, a mistake to be forgotten, something wrong, but is always something she can connect to in a special way, something that contributes to her life, and what she can recycle … It’s an experience, which gives the opportunity for new ways of understanding the wholeness, and at the same time offers the opportunity for reuse …