CUNY dance Initiative

Proust Questionnaire

The Proust Questionnaire is a game that originated among the literate classes of the nineteenth century, containing questions that supposedly revealed one’s true nature. While many famous artists and writers participated, it was the popularity of a young Marcel Proust’s answers that ultimately named the game.


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Habiba Boumlik

@nyfaf2019

Habiba Boumlik is a Moroccan-Born, Westchester-based associate professor at LaGuardia where she teaches French and Arabic language and literature. She founded the New York Forum of Amazigh Film, an annual film festival showcasing documentary, feature,  and short films about the Amazigh or "Berber" people of North Africa and in the diaspora. (www.nyfaf.com)

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Is there such a thing as imperfect happiness?

What is your greatest fear?

A devastating war

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Impatience

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Indifference 

Which living person do you most admire?

There are too many to name one.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Watch films for 3 days at the Focus on French Film (Festival)

What is your current state of mind?

Curiosity

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Modesty

On what occasion do you lie?

When it's worth it

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

My posture

Which living person do you most despise?

Too many to name one in particular.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Empathy

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Empathy

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

OK

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My children

When and where were you happiest?

In Hungary

Which talent would you most like to have?

Singing

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Better sight

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Being the first one in my family to go to college

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

Einstein

Where would you most like to live?

In Tahiti

What is your most treasured possession?

Pictures of my family

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Misery

What is your favorite occupation?

Swimming

What is your most marked characteristic?

People tell me it’s my smile.

What do you most value in your friends?

Honesty

Who are your favorite writers?

Emile Zola

Who is your hero of fiction?

Denise in The Ladies' Delight

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

I don't identify with Catherine the Great, but I like her as a historical figure

Who are your heroes in real life?

Nawal El Saadawi

What are your favorite names?

Betelgeuse

What is it that you most dislike?

Bigotry

What is your greatest regret?

I wish I had travelled more in my youth

How would you like to die?

In my bed

What is your motto?

I can always do better

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Lindsley Howard

@drawohyelsdnil

Lindsley Howard is a Texas-born, Brooklyn-based actor and storyteller. Select NY credits include collaborations with Playwright’s Realm, The Lark, Ars Nova and The Flea Theater. She was recently nominated for a Helen Hayes award for her work in last years' The Wolves with Studio Theatre in DC. She holds a BFA in Acting from St. Edwards University. 

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A kitchen full of people I love

What is your greatest fear?

Losing my family

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

The tendency to want judge something before I understand it

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

I can't stand bad listeners 

Which living person do you most admire?

My grandmother

What is your greatest extravagance?

I spend irresponsible amounts of money on nice underwear

What is your current state of mind?

I'm always a little tired, but mostly I'm okay

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Patience! Who needs it, honestly

On what occasion do you lie?

When it serves the group

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

I could be taller. Whats a few inches?

Which living person do you most despise?

Oh, you KNOW who. I won't speak his name because it gives him power and thats what deserves the least

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Curiosity

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Curiosity

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Its not a word or a phrase but I love semicolons; I find ways to put them in everything I write.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

The act of telling a story to group.

When and where were you happiest?

I operate best under extreme circumstances, so I'd say in the middle of the city or the side of mountain

Which talent would you most like to have?

I not-so-secretly wish I could ice skate really well

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I'm not sure that I'd change anything. Of course I want to, in theory, but I don't think I ever would. I've kinda settled on what I got it. "Bless the mess", you know?

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Moving to New York from Texas

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

I would come back as a wealthy philanthropist known for giving all my money to institutions of color and to the creation of affordable housing in New York 

Where would you most like to live?

New York is my favorite city in the world, I'm very lucky

What is your most treasured possession?

A ring my mother gave me

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Rush hour on the NQR train

What is your favorite occupation?

Story-telling

What is your most marked characteristic?

My smile

What do you most value in your friends?

Empathy

Who are your favorite writers?

Wow! This is hard, I don't think I'm able to pick a favorite. I love so many for many different reasons.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

I'm out here rooting for and seeking to see myself in everyone femme and everyone black. So, the black womxn who helped me get where I am today, specifically. But also, also all black womxn, generally. 

Who are your heroes in real life?

My femme-indentifying friends are the reason I get up everyday. They make me better. I wouldn't be the person I am today without that light and those friendships

What are your favorite names?

June and Percy

What is it that you most dislike?

Inequity

What is your greatest regret?

I definitely have lots of regrets but none so great that they could ever be my greatest. I try to never take myself that seriously.

How would you like to die?

Surrounded by people I love

What is your motto?

"No matter how bad it is, its not the bad."  

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Patrick O’Brien

@Patrikkobrien

Patrick O'Brien hails from CA and is currently a dancer, teaching artist, and freelance choreographer, directing a freelance company. The company is currently in residence at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center through The CUNY Dance Initiative with an evening length work premiering in Fall 2019. Patrick has presented original works at a number of venues in NYC and has toured to Florida, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. He also works with Gabrielle Lamb as a choreographic assistant and company dancer.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Satisfaction in my own work leading me to success and financial stability.

What is your greatest fear?

That what I’m doing wastes time and hurts others.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

My unparalleled ability to procrastinate.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

A lack of empathy 

Which living person do you most admire?

Crystal Pite

What is your greatest extravagance?

Non-dairy Ben&Jerry’s in a long, hot epsom salt bath listening to loft ambient/soundscape track a little too loud.

What is your current state of mind?

A bit overwhelmed 

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Bravery

On what occasion do you lie?

Whenever necessary to further the state of social anxiety I’m currently in.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

Could be taller..?

Which living person do you most despise?

That’s hard, I don’t really despise people. The easy answer is Trump I guess.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Eyes

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Whitty banter

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Cool

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

Mom

When and where were you happiest?

I spent some time in Hawaii for a commission a few years ago and experienced several profound moments of spiritual progression 

Which talent would you most like to have?

Ive always been interested in glass blowing, but just haven’t pursued it as a craft, yet.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I’m a little hard of hearing, so it’d be great it that wasn’t effecting me on a daily basis.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Just the fact that there are artists that are interested in working with me is quite fulfilling.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

A hawk. Or an octopus. Or an octopus that when it leaves the water it turns into a hawk...?

Where would you most like to live?

Ideally surrounded by nature, with a studio to work in. Must be close to a body of water.

What is your most treasured possession?

We are what we own. My mind is the most important thing to me, all other things can come and go.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

An inability to self-identify an issue and work through it due to circumstances beyond your control.

What is your favorite occupation?

Getting paid to make things has been great.

What is your most marked characteristic?

My eyes

What do you most value in your friends?

Loyalty

Who are your favorite writers?

Frank Herbert, Margaret Atwood

Who is your hero of fiction?

Hero’s are overrated, I’m more interested in an ambiguous character with complicated decisions to make. Like Ashitaka from Princess Mononoke.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

I’d like to say Stephen Hawking, but I’m aware that I’m not at his IQ level. I hope to make a similar type of impact on people’s perspective of the potential for discoveries through my work.

Who are your heroes in real life?

My uncle Charlie, Kerrie Flynn, Gabrielle Lamb

What are your favorite names?

Felix, Liam

What is it that you most dislike?

Tech issues. And ignorance, and being ignored.

What is your greatest regret?

Not starting to make work earlier 

How would you like to die?

Getting hit by a meteor would be kinda cool

What is your motto?

Time and energy are precious commodities