I recently had the opportunity to ask the amazing Mongolian contortionist Heejin Diamond some questions about her wonderful career as a contortionist.
How long have done contortion for?
I started contortion when I was 6 years old.
How did you start contortion?
In Mongolia, contortion is a big traditional discipline. My mother said i was 5 years old when I discovered contortion by watching TV. It was like a flash on me that suddenly I wanted to make the same things. After lot of times by bending myself in living room, my parents inscribed me in contortion school to calm me, they thought it was just a desire in transient. The passion never leaved me.
13 years old, I started to be professional and marked the start of international tours all by continuing my elementary school.
How often do you train and for how long?
I rehearse minimum 2 hours if I am not on the stage.
When I work every day like now from last year, I rehears 1 hour in the morning and I do 1 hour of warming up before going on the stage.
I also have my ballet class once per week and I also do pole dance class because it’s technically so amusing for me.
What is your favourite contortion move/trick?
I am also handstand artist. I mostly like the research of hand standing and movements which procure me more sensation. Play with the gravity and hand standing is more creative for me.
What has been your best contortion experience?
I think it was the creation of my first solo act Snow Queen. With my husband who accompanied me in my all projects, we passed entire year to design and create it. That was like our first baby, LOL
What is your ultimate contortion goal/dream?
There is a lot, thanks god. Being artist is a performant war of the new dreams and challenges.
I just opened my studio (Diamond Studio) in the center of Paris where I form professional artists, I work on the creation of two new acts, I work every night in Paradis Latin, one of the most beautiful Cabarets in Paris built by Gustave Eiffel and I turn around with my 3 different acts… I don’t live my life I dream it.