Summary List Placement
Following is a transcript of the video.
Aleksei: Many people ask me weird questions, and one of them is, “Aleksei, do you have bones?” and I often say, “Yes, I do have bones, but before I go to work, I leave them at home.”
Narrator: This is Aleksei Goloborodko, the world’s best contortionist.
Aleksei: I train three to five hours per day to maintain my flexibility and my other disciplines that I have in my act. I control my body in all the shapes, all the positions that I want. It feels awesome. It’s like having a superpower.
Narrator: Aleksei is a contortionist for the traveling circus company Cirque du Soleil. He’s one of 45 performers from 19 different nationalities traveling with the show “Luzia.” Aleksei grew up in Tula, Russia, and has been practicing contortionism since he was just 4 years old.
Aleksei: When I was a kid, I asked my parents to take me to circus show, just to watch them perform, and the next day, I asked my mom to take me to circus studio. I told her that I fell in love with circus, and since then, I’ve been doing contortion, and it’s almost 20 years. I started when I was 4. Now I’m 24.
Narrator: Aleksei began performing with Cirque du Soleil’s “Luzia” three years ago. His show celebrates the culture, history, and mythology of Mexico by bringing to life a surreal Mexican-themed dream. It was the first Cirque du Soleil show to incorporate water into the set design. Aleksei has been traveling and contorting with “Luzia” for hundreds of shows across North America, and he quickly gained fame for his mind-bending movements.
Aleksei: It’s a huge responsibility to be the best contortionist in the world, to be the most flexible male in the world, because I have many fans, and it’s a huge responsibility not to drop your level from here to there because if you drop your level, you disappoint them, and I feel like I don’t have rights to disappoint my public. I don’t have rights to disappoint my people.
Narrator: We caught up with Aleksei during his warm-up before the premiere of “Luzia” in New York City.
Aleksei: My genre is called dancing contortion. It’s a mix of different disciplines, and the base is contortion, being bendy and flexible, and other disciplines such as hand balance, elements of rhythmic gymnastics, elements of ballet dance, elements of modern dance are maintained in my act.
Narrator: Aleksei warms up for about 40 to 45 minutes before each show. It’s one of five stretching and cardio sessions he has throughout the day. He has to keep his body limber and loose so he doesn’t hurt himself.
Aleksei: For practice for training, I’m very aware of each movement I do because when I stretch, I have to keep everything under control not to injure myself, but when I perform, I mostly think about my character in the act. I think about my presence on stage.
Narrator: Not only does Aleksei constantly have to strengthen his …read more
Source:: Business Insider
GRAMMYS 2021: Watch Doja Cat’s ELECTRIFYING Say So Performance
Doja Cat took fans to the future with an electrifying performance of her smash single ‘Say So’ during the GRAMMYs, which aired Sunday on CBS. For the 25-year-old singer’s debut appearance at the GRAMMYs, she delivered impressive vocals and fierce choreography. ET spoke with Doja on the red carpet ahead of music’s biggest night, where she explained what it felt like to attend her first-ever GRAMMY Awards.