(This interview was conducted in Russian.)
“#hellomynameis Daria Shatalova (@purshervil). I’m 17 years old and I’m based in Voronezh, Russia. I can’t imagine my life without art — probably because I started going to classes at an arts academy when I was 4. I studied classical choreography and piano. When I was 8, I saw the opera Carmen, and I knew that I wanted to sing in the theater. From then on, there has been a lot of voice work in my life. I love Salvador Dalí, classical music and decadence. I recently realized my dream is to become a theater director. Theater is my affection.
I’ll finish high school this year and possibly go to Moscow or St. Petersburg to study. There’s a great deal of responsibility in that decision: stay home or move away. I am very inspired by travel, and I really love packed trips! New places, cultures, cuisines, styles — they really give you inspiration and energy. It’s no surprise that in every new country or city, it’s a must for me to go to the theater.”