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Sand Animation in Ukraine

Kseniya Simonova is one of the few artists who perform in sand animation not only in Ukraine but around the globe. She came into the spotlight in 2009 upon her victory in the Ukrainian installment of the popular talent competition Ukraine’s Got Talent.

Sand animation is a style of live performance art in which an artist instantly creates a series of images that change each other in an animation-like motion using sand as their material of choice. The images are created by drawing lines and figures in the sand using one’s hands.

Over the two years since her victory at the talent competition Simonova performed in Austria, China, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Qatar, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and others. The Ukrainian artist rehearsed and prepared for performing more than 200 animated sand stories. Notably, Kseniya Simonova was the stage artist during the 2011 Eurovision show representing Ukraine together with the singer Mika Newton.

Official Web site of the artist