Interview with a contortionist: Luna

Hey Luna!, What got your interested in Contortion to begin with?

I began my love for stretching when my parents put me in dance class at age 4. I danced for a few years but unfortunately had to quit. Later I found yoga on YouTube which soon led me to contortion. I’d say I started genuinely doing contortion around age 12 but even before that I loved to stretch

How long have you been performing?

I practiced somewhat consistently and gained skills slowly, but didn’t get really serious about training until I joined a circus group as an adult and realized I really could make it in the circus world despite my lack of formal training

What have been your biggest challenges as a performer?

My biggest challenge as a performer is my health. I have a disease called PVNH (Periventricular nodular heterotopia) which causes epilepsy and heart issues, and it can really get in the way of my training

What advice would you give young people trying to get into performing?

My advice to young people is to never let anyone tell them their dreams are too big and to practice very carefully and consistently

Do you have a coach currently?

I do not have a coach, I am 100% self taught in contortion but I am a professional gymnastics coach

Are you performing with a show or solo currently?

I am not currently performing anywhere since everything is shut down, but at this point I am happy with working on social media and will stick with it even when things open back up

What is your biggest inspiration?

My biggest inspiration is simply my love for bending. I have an unusual amount of motivation for training as I am autistic and stretching has been my obsession all my life.