Category: Contortion

Q&A With an Amazing Mongolian Contortionist Pt 2

I asked Эрдэнэсувд Э. to tell me more about her experiences as a wonderful, hard working, dedicated Mongolian contortionist.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/erz_a12  

How long have done contortion for?

I’ve done contortion for 8 years

How often do you train and for how long?

Training goes for 6 hours

What is your favourite contortion move/trick?

My favourite contortion move is the marinelli bend.

What has been your best contortion experience?

I performed in the USA 3 or 4 years ago

 

Q&A With an Amazing Mongolian Contortionist Pt 1

Welcome to my 2018 blog posts,

Today I asked my friend Ariun Jargal to tell me about her experiences with contortion, here are her responses.

Her Instagram is https://www.instagram.com/ariunjargal____/

How long have done contortion for?

I’ve done contortion for 10 years

How often do you train and for how long?

Training goes for between 2 – 5 hours everyday.

What is your favourite contortion move/trick?

My favourite contortion move it the marinelli bend

What has been your best contortion experience?

My best contortion experience was performing in Russia in 2016

What is your ultimate contortion goal/dream?

My contortion dream/goal is to perform in South Korea.

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Q&A with American Contortionists

I had the pleasure of being able to ask two contortionists of DEPAC in the USA some questions about their contortion training and careers and aspirations.

Ashley King and Katarina Danks (BendyKat)

https://www.swflcontortion.com/

http://www.danceextensionspac.com/contortion/

How long have done contortion for?

AK: I have been doing contortion for about 14 years now.

KD: I have been practicing contortion for 17 years now!

How did you start contortion?

AK: I started contortion after seeing a close friend training at DEPAC, and wanting to train myself. (the studio run by Betsy Shuttleworth and Dawn Churney).

KD: I was introduced to “acro” and contortion at age 8 by a long time friend and mentor of mine in the dance studio I grew up training at. My dance director and teacher was introduced to it by the same girl who had brought her skill to us via another dance studio. It seemed as if my teacher caught the bug right from the get go. I was one of her first contortion students. We grew up improving as my teacher grew in her training skills. We were lucky enough to meet all the right resources along the way. I had finally found something I was good at and felt “myself.”

How often do you train and for how long?

AK: At my peak, around 16 years old, I trained several days a week for a couple hours at a time. Currently, I train between 1-2 days a week. My training is longer now being that it takes me longer to stretch my back out. A few hours.

KD: Well, that really all depends on how other business is going! On a good week I can train every day for about 2-3 hours. Unfortunately there are weeks where I am not given any time to stretch, and I pay for it. I always stretch with my students when I am teaching, though, so that I can recover more quickly when I get a rigorous training in.

What is your favourite contortion move/trick?

AK: My favorite trick is definitely the Mexican handstand. Even now, being less flexible, the element is still pleasing to the eye. It requires strength along with flexibility. –

KD: My favorite contortion element would most likely be a pose called a “crocodile.” It is a balance pose centering your weight sideways in your hip flexor fixed over one elbow. It can be manipulated a variety of ways with different leg position styling, wrist turning movement, transitions to other contortion elements, free arm placements to show more back flexibility, and handbalancing.

What has been your best contortion experience?

AK: Easily my best contortionist experience was when I attended ICC at the age of 13 I believe. Being able to meet people, doing what I love, from all over was incredible.

KD: My best contortion experience would have to be the performance in which I received my first standing ovation. I was performing with my former partner Tatevik Seyranyan, whose family created the “Contortion In A Cube” act. We were performing in the Le Festival de Cirque Vaudreuil-Dorion near Montreal. It was about our second or third performance that weekend for the public audience. The swelling and rush of the audience’s applause was like a 50ft. wave it me. I had tears in my eyes. She gave me a huge hug backstage afterwards. We ended up being awarded the Mayor’s Choice award from the festival. I was honored to have had the chance to perform that act.

What is your ultimate contortion goal/dream?

AK: my ultimate dream right now is to gain back my flexibility I had at 16. As I have aged, my flexibility has suffered, I am hoping to obtain it all back with time and training.

KD: My ultimate dream for the contortion world would be to see some sort of standardization or recognition of body-proper and safe training techniques by various contortion cultures. Contortion is an ancient art form with many regions of origin, but unfortunately due various ways contortion and flexibility is promoted to the general public, the safety behind it, I believe, sometimes becomes blurred with mass communication. I hope for better awareness and safety precautions in not just contortion training, but all types of flexibility exercise. I’m definitely an advocate for that.

Q&A With A Former Ringling Bros Contortionist

I had the great pleasure in asking Nomin Nyamkhuu (Н. Номин) some questions about her contortion career so far.

How long have done contortion for?

I started 11 year old. Now it’s almost 10 year of doing contortion

How did you start contortion?

My grandma when she’s young working circus that’s why I want to do it.

How often do you train and for how long?

I have training everyday for 3 hours

What is your favourite contortion move/trick?

My favorite trick is either a hand stand or the marinelli bend

What has been your best contortion experience?

My best contortion experience has been working at Ringling Bros circus. I’ve performed in China twice, Russia once, Taiwan three times and once in the USA for Ringling Bros. circus.

What is your ultimate contortion goal/dream?

I want to work Cirque du Soliel oohh God it’s so amazing circus

Q&A With My Contortion Friends Pt 2

Part Two of my Q&A with my contortion friends from around the world.

I asked my good friend Anna Romanenko from Ukraine.

https://vk.com/anna.romanenko21

(Answers translated with Google Translate)

How long have done contortion for?

2 years

How did you start contortion?

Started contortion for a performance in China

How often do you train and for how long?

3 days a week for 2 hours.

What is your favourite contortion move/trick?

Favourite trick/move is a Spider

What has been your best contortion experience?

Performed in China and Qatar

What is your ultimate contortion goal/dream?

Visit large cities / countries with the execution of their etude in them. Traveling around the world performing.

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Anna Romanenko

 

 

Q&A With My Contortion Friends

I’ve asked some of my contortion friends to answer these questions relating to contortion and their experiences.

  • How long have done contortion for?
  • How did you start contortion?
  • How often do you train and for how long?
  • What is your favourite contortion move/trick?
  • What has been your best contortion experience?
  • What is your ultimate contortion goal/dream?

The first response was from my friend Nuraiym Moldomamytova from Kyrgyzstan.

https://www.instagram.com/nuraiymkauchuk/ 

How long have done contortion for?

I have been doing this for 11 years.

How did you start contortion?

Seeing my abilities, my dad began to train me, and then I continued in the circus.

How often do you train and for how long?

I train in my free time, almost always and everywhere.

What is your favourite contortion move/trick?

A favorite trick is a crocodile, a trick on one hand.

What has been your best contortion experience?

I’ve performed in Oman and Turkey.

What is your ultimate contortion goal/dream?

My goal and dream is to improve in my work, make new interesting numbers, and as long as possible to act as my number. The best bend is a triple fold, it is very heavy.

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Nuraiym Moldomamytova

 

Me With My Ukrainian Contortion Friends

Recently I returned from a two week holiday in Moscow and Ukraine. I had the opportunity to meet some of my friends while I was there. 4 of the friends I met actually do contortion. Some are even very famous contortionists and you may recognise their names. I thought I’d write a brief bio on them and detail my adventures with these wonderful people. Getting to meet these wonderful people was such an amazing experience. Even was a little starstruck at first. I cannot thank them enough for their generosity and hospitality for one Australian from the other side of the world visiting their wonderful country.

I was lucky enough to spend some time with the following contortionists, Ruslana Krutas, Anna Romanenko, Nadya Vasina and Anastasiia Ilina.

Anna Romanenko: A very beautiful, hardworking Ukrainian contortionist from Kremenchuk. She’s had the opportunity to perform in Qatar and China previously and recently returned from a week of performances in Lviv in Ukraine.

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Anna and Myself in Kremenchuk

Nadya Vasina: A true inspiriation for Ukraine, she lives and breathes the flag. She recently spent a year performing in Cirque Du Soleli. She’s performed all over the world, she is currently developing the first dinner show with performance for Ukraine. She is also a strong social activist, supporting the troops fighting for Ukraine and donating her time to help those in need. Nadya and I caught up for lunch while I was in Kiev, spent an hour talking about a variety of topics.

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Nadya Vasina and I at Ocean Plaza

Anastasiia Ilina: A very kind, thoughtful and friendly person. She works incredibly hard and is trained by Tatiana Kuznetsova in Kiev. Anastasiia has only done contortion for a few years, was a dancer previously focusing on a few different styles of dance. She recently spent time performing in Japan and has appeared on China’s Got Talent. She was kind enough to show me many sights around Kiev.

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Anastasiia and I in Kiev

Ruslana Krutas: A very sweet, kind and thoughtful person. Incredibly talented and a great person when you get to know her. She has performed in many countries, e.g. China, Japan, The Netherlands and Germany. She has been training in Contortion for many years now and “Contortion is my life” according to Ruslana. She has worked alongside some excellent contortionists as well, Alina Ruppel, Zlata, Tanyha Belova and Liu Teng. Ruslana was gracious enough to allow me to meet with her on two occasions when I was in Kremenchuk, we spent time talking, went for a nice walk around her beautiful home town and I really got to know her. I can’t thank her enough for what she did for me.

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Ruslana, Dima, Edgar and I at Kofan in Kremenchuk