I had the pleasure of asking the incredible Russian contortionist Rita Schedrina some questions about her journey as a contortionists. Rita is an amazing contortionist and when she takes to the stage and performs and showcases her astounding skills, she leaves the audience in awe and mesmerized by what the human body can do. She is currently performing a part of Circus Fantastic in Moscow. She is one of a select few Russian contortionists who have learnt how to do the Marinelli Bend. Below are her responses.
Q1: How long have done contortion for?
I’ve been developing flexibility since I was 5 years old
Q2: How did you start contortion?
In rhythmic gymnastics
Q3: How often do you train and for how long?
Monday to Friday, 12 hours a day
Q4: What is your favourite contortion move/trick?
To be honest, I don’t like to bend. I have no favorite techniques
Q5: What has been your best contortion experience?
I tried myself as a model
Q6: What is your ultimate contortion goal/dream?
Not fond of this genre
Q7: Best advise you’ve received?
Take care of your back
Q8: What does a usual day of training look like?
-choreography -workout -voltage -equilibrium -pump
Q9: What is your preparation for a performance?
I set myself up for a good performance
Q10: What or who is your biggest motivator in contortion?
Nobody, I motivate myself.
Q11: What goes through your head when you’re doing a contortion performance?
Q12: Do you get nervous? How do you overcome your nerves?
Yes, I’m nervous, before going to the arena I kiss the toy (mascot).