Category: Contortion

Contortionist in Focus: Anastasiia Ilina

Whether she’s elbow standing her way across London or effortlessly gliding across the stage, Anastasiia (Nastya) does everything with a sense of joy and passion.

Nastya who originally started out as a dancer decided to take the leap into the world of contortion only a few years ago, with countless hours of training with well respected contortion coach Tatiana Kuznetsova based in Kiev.

In 2016 Nastya had the chance to appear on Chinese Talent Show where she performed an unbelievable routine which amazed the judges.

 

 

Nastya has had the opportunity to take her skills to Japan where she was a part of a show where she performed and wowed audiences. Upon her return to Kiev, her passion and continuous development as a contortionist continued. In 2017 she was lucky enough to score a role in a movie which was filmed in London, Nastya spent a few months there filming and also exploring the UK which resulted in her elbow standing her way across the UK.

Nastya now passes on her knowledge and expertness in dance and contortion through stretching and flexibility workshops she runs in Kiev. Her contortion routine has a unique blending of her incredible flexibility skills and her effortless dance skills.

Besides being an incredibly talented performer, she is also an incredibly smart women. She is an excellent writer and also multi-lingual and also does ballet as a hobby. She’s an incredibly kind and considerate person. If you ever get the opportunity to talk to Nastya or take one of her workshops, her passion for this beautiful art form of contortion and dance exudes out of her. I’m pleased to say she is one of the nicest, welcoming and kind person I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting.

Her Blog: https://5kolobochek5.blogspot.com.au/

Her Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anastasiia.ilina

 

 

 

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Q&A With an Amazing Mongolian Contortionist Pt 6

I asked Batka Azka Azka to talk to me about her experiences as a contortionist

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/azajin0923/

How long have done contortion for?

8 years

How did you start contortion?

It is first used to the extension

How often do you train and for how long?

3-4 hours per day

What is your favourite contortion move/trick?

What has been your best contortion experience?

What is your ultimate contortion goal/dream?

 

Q&A With an Amazing Russian Contortionist

I had the opportunity to ask Varvara Gordeeva’s mother Katerina some questions about her daughters experiences of being one of the youngest but best contortionists in the world. She has had the chance to appear on quite a few TV shows in Russia recently.

Some of her accomplishments include:

  • Finalist of the show with Maxim Galkin “Best of All 2016” on the first channel
  • Finalist of the body of the project “Blue Bird 2017” on channel “Russia 1”
  • Finalist of the TV show “Blue Bird: The Last Bogatyr 2018” on channel “Russia 1”
  • Grand Prix “of the All-Russian circus competition” Parade of Stars 2017 “, which was held in the Tula State Circus
  • The winner of the team game” 100 to one “on the channel” Russia 1 “
  • Participant of the” Blue Fire 2018 “on the channel” Russia 1 “
  • The heroine of the children’s transfer “Good morning, kids” on the channel “Carousel”.
  • Multiple winner of regional, regional, all-Russian and international competitions.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/varya.gordeeva/

VK: https://vk.com/varvaragibkay

(These Answers were translated using Google Translate)

How long have done contortion for?

We have been engaged in contortion for two years.

How did you start contortion?

After a small performance in 2015, Varvara began to engage in contortion

How often do you train and for how long?

Training every day for 4-5 hours.

What is your favourite contortion move/trick?

There is no answer to this question

What has been your best contortion experience?

Every performance is an enjoyable experience for us

What is your ultimate contortion goal/dream?

Varvara wants to become the most flexible in the world and perform around the world at the best venues. Varvara even dreams of becoming an actress and starring in the film in the main role.

 

Q&A With Anna Vladi

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Anna Vladi, she’s an amazing Russian Contortionist who now resides in the USA. Photos of her amazing skills are available on http://www.zlata.de and http://www.flexshow.com

https://www.instagram.com/annavladiii/

Here are her responses.

How long have done contortion for?

15 years

How did you start contortion?

I started contortion when I went to circus studio.

How often do you train and for how long?

I don’t have a specific training schedule, Time to time. When I need or when I’m in the mood I’ll train.

What is your favourite contortion move/trick?

My favourite move is a backbend

What has been your best contortion experience?

All my contortionist experiences are unique and so I don’t have a best experience.

What is your ultimate contortion goal/dream?

To have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Q&A With an Amazing Mongolian Contortionist Pt 5

I asked my friend on Facebook Naranzul Bayarnyam from Mongolia to answer the following questions about contortion.

How long have done contortion for?

Done it for 11 years

How did you start contortion?

My Grandma told me I should do contortion cause when I was 4 or 5 I liked to watch contortion show,

How often do you train and for how long?

I don’t do training everyday because I’ve contortion show every single day so I don’t need to train often I do training for 3 or 4 hours

What is your favourite contortion move/trick?

Every contortion studio has own description for the contortion move or trick

What has been your best contortion experience?

Performed in France, Spain and Mongolia

What is your ultimate contortion goal/dream?

I wish one day i’ll have a great performance in Cirque du Soliel or world’s biggest stage and I want to participate a competition which can test my 11 years ability

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Naranzul Bayarnyam

 

 

Q&A With an Amazing Mongolian Contortionist Pt 4

Next I asked Mungunchimeg Batkhuyag from Mongolia, she’s had the opportunity to perform in many countries around the world.

https://www.instagram.com/mungunchimee/

How long have done contortion for?

Started contortion when I was 4 years old, did it until I was 14. Stopped due to my studies, then started again when I was 20.

What has been your best contortion experience?

Has worked in France, Italy, and a few other countries and performances in Mongolia.

What is your ultimate contortion goal/dream?

Don’t have a specific goal, maybe work in the best theatre with the best artists.

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Mungunchimeg Batkhuyag

Q&A With an Amazing Mongolian Contortionist Pt 3

I asked my friend Nomin Erdene from Mongolia

How long have done contortion for?

7 Years

How did you start contortion?

When I was a child, I saw the many contortionist, then I decide to be a contortionist. It’s in the Mongolian culture.

How often do you train and for how long?

4 days a week for 3 hours. If we have an important performance, we will train more.

What is your favourite contortion move/trick?

My favorite exercise is hand stand

What has been your best contortion experience?

Performed in China twice and had some important performances in Mongolia.

What is your ultimate contortion goal/dream?

My future dream is when I’m done performing, then I will be a teacher of contortion

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Nomin Erdene

 

Q&A With Nadya Vasina

I asked Nadya Vasina from Ukraine to tell me more about her time as a gymnast and performer.

https://www.instagram.com/nadya_vasina_show/

How long have done contortion for?

I never did contortion I just do what I can, Still maintain flexibility from when I did gymnastics

How did you start contortion?

I started sports at three years old and still it’s part of my life

How often do you train and for how long?

I practice when I need to perform or before the photoshoots, new projects, tv shows and etc, usually I warm-up and practice when I feel that I need it and as long as I feel comfortable yo do it

What is your favourite contortion move/trick?

Don’t have anything favorite. Favorite is to enjoy myself during the practices or performances

What has been your best contortion experience?

Every new project is a good experience for me

What is your ultimate contortion goal/dream?

I want to make Ukraine one of the most famous countries in the world

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Nadya Vasina

Q&A With My Contortion Friends Pt 3

I asked Li Ling Kassing from The Netherlands to tell me more about her experiences as a contortionist.

How long have done contortion for?

I have done contortion for 9 years now

How did you start contortion?

I did a sport before I did contortion (rhytmic gymnastics) and a trainer from rhythmic gymnastic saw I was really flexible. And she recommended I go to see Corpus Acrobatics. So I did an audition and from there one everything continued

How often do you train and for how long?

I train 2 – 3 time a week

What is your favourite contortion move/trick?

I don’t like a particularly movement. I like lots of movements

What has been your best contortion experience?

My best experience… that’s a good question. When I was younger I did a theater show with a whole team of Corpus Acrobatics. In my own country and also abroad. I really liked that

What is your ultimate contortion goal/dream?

My dream would be to get better in this. And do lots of performances

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Li Ling Kassing

Q&A With Amazing Contortionist Anastasiya Alekseyeva

I asked my friend Anastasiya Alekseyeva from Russia who now lives in Germany. She’s worked quite a few different countries and worked on board ADIA cruise ships. Photos of her incredible skills are available at http://nastya.flex-mania.net/index.htmlhttp://www.collection.flex-mania.net/Preview/preview.php

How long have done contortion for?

5 years

How did you start contortion?

Trained at the circus academy in Kiev

How often do you train and for how long?

Trains 5 days a week for 1.5 hours a day

What is your favourite contortion move/trick?

Doesn’t have a favourite trick/move but her splits and flexibility is incredible

What has been your best contortion experience?

Has performed on cruise ships, all over Germany and in Kiev.

What is your ultimate contortion goal/dream?

Doesn’t have a specific contortion goal/dream.