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TGIF: Kseniya Simonova’s got talent August 14, 2009

Posted by Jill (@bonnjill) in TGIF.

I saw this video this afternoon and was simply blown away. My undergraduate degrees are in Russian and German, so I have a strong affinity for both cultures. This performance is riveting, gut-wrenching and unbelievably powerful. As the blurb on YouTube explains, “Kseniya Simonova is a Ukrainian artist who just won Ukraine’s version of “America’s Got Talent.” She uses a giant light box, dramatic music, imagination and “sand painting” skills to interpret Germany’s invasion and occupation of Ukraine during WWII.” You have to see it to believe it! Absolutely beautiful and emotionally draining at the same time.



1. Nathalie Reis - August 15, 2009

This woman is just amazing! I’ve never seen anything like it. Beautiful, breathtaking and so passionate. She tells you a story and takes you with her in the most magical way. Thank you for sharing this with us!

2. Tatiana - August 17, 2009

Wow…. I am blown away.
I grew up on those songs – it was extremely powerful.

3. Hannah - January 21, 2010

This is amazing and very beautiful.
I’ve never seen sand animation before, it was incredible.
I am an American student – and I was wondering if you could tell me what the words at the end mean.

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