I had the pleasure of asking the incredible Russian circus performer Svetlana Mikhaylova some questions about her journey as a performer. Svetlana is an amazing performer 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. Svetlana is an incredible performer and has an incredible future ahead. Below are her responses.
(Translated using Google Translate)
Q1: How long have done contortion for?
I have been learning rubber elements for half a year, and developing flexibility for 5 years
Q2: How did you start contortion?
I sat on the splits, bent my back, and then I started trying new elements
Q3: How often do you attend training and for how long?
training every day for 5-7 hours
Q4: What has been your best contortion experience?
The best experience with Alesya Lavercheva
Q5: What is your ultimate contortion goal/dream?
I don’t have a dream, there are many goals to which I go
Q6: Best advise you’ve received?
If I suffer for a long time, then everything will work out
Q7: What does a usual day of training look like?
On weekdays: 14:00-15:00-acrobatics 15:00-16:00-rubber 16:00-22:00 aerial gymnastics Weekend: 9:00-16:00 – aerial gymnastics 16:00-18:00 – acrobatics 18:00-19:00 – rubber
Q8: What is your preparation for a performance like?
First I do my hair, then make-up and go out to perform
Q9: What or who is your biggest motivator in contortion?
Q10: What goes through your head when you’re doing a contortion performance?
Think about your mistakes, how to avoid them
Q11: Do you get nervous? How do you overcome your nerves?
All nerves go through training