Sunday, September 27, 2009

Breathtaking sand animation

I don't know what to say about this - except to call it magic. I can see that Kseniya Simonova is creating the images on the stage but I can hardly believe it. It's hard to imagine but it might be even more powerful if I could understand the language. It's a very powerful piece of performance art.

Simonova's performance won her the Ukraine's version of "Britain's Got Talent" last June. The YouTube video has racked up 2.5 million views so far. Her winning performance was a moving recounting of Germany conquering Ukraine during World War II. From an article in the Guardian:
She brings calm, then conflict. A couple on a bench become a woman's face; a peaceful walkway becomes a conflagration; a weeping widow morphs into an obelisk for an unknown soldier. Simonova looks like some vengeful Old Testament deity as she destroys then recreates her scenes - with deft strokes, sprinkles and sweeps she keeps the narrative going. She moves the judges to tears as she subtitles the final scene "you are always near".
Watch it for yourself.

Link to YouTube

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