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The Flawless Irina Naumenko, The Hand Balancer

“I want to be like my mom,” said Thomas, 6. Not the usual thing one might hear from most boys. Then again, most boys’ mothers aren’t world-renowned circus artists, capable of extraordinary feats. Who could blame him? He, like everyone who sees her is simply enchanted. One is compelled to focus on the enchantress of the canes, as if to look a way for a moment is to risk missing something quite significant. The very energy and lyricism of her act gives way to nothing less than a fluidity of brilliance that one must experience. Young and old alike, share in the mesmerizing state of Thomas, perhaps, just like him, wanting to be like her. Maybe not in the literal sense, but in the spirit of what she represents, the liberation of excellence. Thomas stays unmoved until his mother is done, a monumental feat for any 6-year-old. “He’s definitely my no. 1 fan,” says a smiling Irina Naumenko.
se, but in the spirit of what she represents, the liberation of excellence. Thomas stays unmoved until his mother is done, a monumental feat for any 6-year-old. “He’s definitely my no. 1 fan,” says a smiling Irina Naumenko. Photo courtesy of Melka Dez To see her is to witness the highest caliber of artistry. The Russian native is an experience, hailed as...
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