Irina Kazakova – contortionist/artist Travel Tales

I meet the most interesting people on my Journeys – an important aspect we build into our client Journeys. On a recent client visit to the northern island of Hokkaido in Japan, we organized several very special events: an exclusive visit to an award winning Whiskey Distillery, small rural farms and a visit to a private Japanese Sword Studio, one of the last sword-smiths in Japan.

Broad cultural and exclusive experiences deepen our appreciation for foreign countries, their artists and craftsmen. Pleasurable experiences and adventure still to be discovered.

On my recent stop in Miami, I wandered the hallways of the Faena Hotel and heard the most ethereal music seeping from glossy ruby red doors of the Faena Theatre… I discovered this young woman rehearsing for the Faena C’est Rouge Cabaret.

Irina Kazakova at Faena Hotel

I later met the star performer, a former Russian gymnast and contortionist, Irina Kazakova. Sitting at the outdoor Faena bar, she shared her history and intriguing career…what a delicious slice of life!

Irina Kazakova is an award-winning gymnast and the founder of SunAllure. She is known for her multifaceted aerial-contortion art form and dance. At the age of six Irina began rhythmic gymnastics in Moscow.  From 2002 to 2007 she was a Russian National Team member. She has won many achievements and is the Russian 2002 Honored Master of Sports in Rhythmic Gymnastics, of which is the highest national honor within this field.  She is also the 2003 Russian Cup Champion of Russia for all-around gymnastics, hoop, and ball.

Enjoy more of her photos and art on these sites.

Please click to enjoy the rehearsal session