I was born in 1974 in Ishim, a small town in South Central Siberia. I first saw a circus when I was fourteen and felt the trapeze was my destiny. From that moment forward I’ve devoted my life to learning how to fly. In 1995 I graduated from Moscow State Circus School with the first prize as a solo aerial gymnast on the swinging trapeze
Many people are nervous watching trapeze acts, but I hope that if you watch me your heart will be filled with joy because I feel as comfortable swinging from the bar as a seagull feels soaring high above the ocean. When I release the bar you might gasp but those moments between letting go and catching, when I am flying above the stage, completely free but in control - those are the moments I live for.
I think every coach's dream is to teach their students to achieve more than they thought they could. Coaching has helped me to learn more about trapeze because you’re looking at it from a different perspective.
I designed my act myself, to complement the wonderful music, choreography and costumes that Cirque du Soleil is famous for.
My act tells a story in two parts, like a mini-spectacle. At first the trapeze is fixed and the music is slow and sad - a voice from inside, from a dark past. This role is suited for a mature woman who has known pain and loss. Maybe it’s a love story or a drama from life, or maybe I’m waiting to give birth. I have so many things to say, but the trapeze is a cage. At the end of this first part I exhale and wait.
As individuals we have to fight for our freedom and in the second part I fly away. The trapeze begins swinging, higher and faster, and becomes my wings. The music rises with me, it’s melody soaring, singing with joy and relief. I perform many tricks in the swinging sequence, including a unique standing pirouette, but I prefer not to think of my act as a series of tricks but as an unbroken journey from captivity to liberation.