Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Biography of Kseniya Simonova II


Something close to all hearts."

The sand story Kseniya presented live on TV was an eight minute story of a young couple separated by the war.
In an interview she said, "It was so emotionally hard, and I now still can not think about those minutes without pain... My hands were dying and reviving making the images."
Kseniya was hoping to get some exposure as an artist, but it became much more. The audience was in tears. As soon as she finished her performance, applause erupted and she received a standing ovation.
Kseniya passed the semi-finals and moved on to the finals. In the third round, she performed a sand story about a son who became successful and forgot his parents. Kseniya wanted grown children to remember their parents and to encourage them to call. After that performance, people came to her in streets saying, "After watching your story, I took the phone and called my mom. I haven’t talked to her in a year. Thank you very much!"
Kseniya was declared the winner of the competition and collected 100,000 euro. She was named an on-line sensation, when in one day her video from the show was viewed more that a million times. In one year, it was viewed over 25 million times. Kseniya understood what happened only after she returned to her native town Evpatoria and could no longer walk freely in the streets. She was surrounded by people, asking for an autograph. On the money they won, Igor and Kseniya bought a house in Evpatoria. They received invitations from all over the world to perform.

In the next two years, Simonova performed over 200 sand stories for audiences in Ukraine, Russia, Norway, Japan, Poland, Austria, China, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Qatar, India, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Kazakhstan and others.
She was honored to perform for Presidents George Abel in Malta, (2009), Bronisław Komorowski (Gdansk, 2010), Dmitry Medvedev (Moscow, Astana, 2010), Viktor Yanukovych (Kiev, 2010), Nursultan Nazarbayev (Astana, 2010), and for Members of the British Royal Family (London, 2010), and Norway (Oslo, 2010).
In 2009, at the invitation of the President of Malta, George Abel, she performed at the live Charity Ball L’Istrina to raise money for people suffering from cancer. In 24 hours, the performers raised 2.5 million euro.
On December 4, 2009, Simonova presented the first Sand Picture Exhibition. In 2010, she founded an International Cultural Center “Sand Club” in Evpatoriya.
On July 5, 2010, Simonova performed on the anniversary of Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan for an audience of 12 Head of States.
They were Presidents of Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarussia, Uzbekistan, Tadjikistan, China, Armenia, Kirgizstan, Azerbajdjan, Emir of Abu-Dabi and the King of Jordan, and each one received a sand picture of his country from Simonova as a present.
On August 15, 2010 Simonova and her team presented a sand film in memory of a great poet and rock-musician Victor Tsoy.
In 2010, Simonova was invited to open for the Fifth Annual Anti Human Trafficking Awards Ceremony sponsored by the International Organization for Migration in Kiev.
At 26 april 2011, Kseniya Simonova will cooperate with a special made animation at the special memorial for 25 years Chernobyl in Rotterdam 25 years Chernobyl to support the memorial of this terrible disaster that still affects a lot of people in Ukraine and Belarus.