~~June 7, 2014~~
She Walked Out On Stage And Blew EVERYONE Away. I Never Expected This, Astonishing!
I have never in my life seen anything as creative, or anything as touching as this. This is Kseniya Simonova, and she’s the talent of Ukraine Got Talent. What she does, is simply mindblowing. I’ve never seen anything like this before, have you?
Kseniya Simonova (Ukrainian: Ксенія Симонова; married name: Kseniya Paskar, Ксенія Паскар) is the 2009 winner of the TV contest Ukraine’s Got Talent, which is part of the Got Talent series.
She is a performance artist in sand animation and a philanthropist.
~Early life and family~
She was born on April 22, 1985 in Yevpatoria, a town on the Crimean peninsula, in Ukraine, which was then a part of the Soviet Union. Her mother, Irina Simonova, is an artist, a theatrical designer and teacher of fine arts. Her father, Alexander Simonov, is a former military officer who runs a business in furniture design. Since she was a child, Kseniya painted, drew and designed with her mother.
Kseniya’s parents discouraged her from a career as an artist. Kseniya explained, “It is a constant struggle. I knew that, and was ready for it. If you chose this profession, you’re struggling all your life. You do not enjoy everyday life – like comfort, and buying furniture… You’re always looking for something more, and actually, I was never interested in a life of comfort and buying furniture.”
In 2007, she married Igor Paskar, a theater director and magazine editor. Their son Dmitry was born on November 27, 2007.
She graduated from the Artistic School of Yevpatoria and studied in the School of Fine Arts. At school, Kseniya wrote research papers on English folk poetry and 15th and 16th century English folk songs and ballads. She also translated folk poetry and great poets like William Shakespeare, Robert Burns and George Gordon Byron.
For her research work, Kseniya earned entrance to any University in Ukraine with English Philology Departments. In 2002, Kseniya chose a psychology major and graduated in 2007 from the Tavrida National V.I. Vernadsky University with honors. Her scientific specialization was Psychophysiology – a sphere between Psychology and Anatomy. At the same time, in 2003, Kseniya entered the Ukrainian Academy of Printing and studied Graphic Design. She graduated in 2008, six months after giving birth to her son.
Since 2006 Kseniya has been working for a magazine “Crimean Riviera” as an artist. In 2007, Kseniya and her husband Igor Paskar, launched a bilingual magazine “Chocolate” in English and Russian. The magazine stopped production in 2008 due to the financial crisis.
Sand performance was suggested by her husband. Initially, Simonova was unsure, but she decided to try it in the absence of other viable options to improve their financial situation. When tests with beach and river sands proved both unsuitable, Simonova’s husband began researching better options on the internet. He sold his printing equipment to buy 3 kilograms of expensive volcanic sand.
Simonova began experimenting with the medium at night, after serving as a full-time mother throughout the day. She found it challenging, but persisted in spite of early impulses to give up. Physically grueling, the art form required her standing for long periods of time and also required her to retrain her vision to adapt to the unique medium.
On December 4, 2009, Simonova presented the first Sand Picture Exhibition. In 2010, she founded an International Cultural Center “Sand Club” in the Crimean city of Yevpatoria.
~~Kseniya Simonova – Sand Animation~~
~Ukraine’s Got Talent~
~~Uploaded on Jun 7, 2009~~
Full list of music (thanx to LikaFortuna):
Cirque du Soleil – Jeux d’Eau
В.Лебедев-Кумач – Священная война
Марк Бернес – Темная ночь
Apocalyptica – Harmageddon
John Williams – Auschwitz – Birkenau
Марк Бернес – Журавли
Apocalyptica – Nothing Else Matters
Words at the end: “You’re always near”
http://simonova.tv – Kseniya Simonova official website
We ALL are ONE!!