Sand Art Like You’ve Never Seen It Before...
About a year ago, nobody had even heard of Kseniya Simonova from the Ukrainian seaside town of Evpatoria. But then in April 2009, eight minutes would change the life of this pretty 24-year-old forever. Simonova entered “Ukraine’s Got Talent,” the franchise TV show also popular in the US, UK and around the world, and won with her amazing entry of sand animation, retelling the story of the German invasion of Ukraine during World War II.
With the help of candles, dramatic music and her incredibly quick hands that move sharply yet delicately, she moved her audience and the judges to tears with her story: A happy couple sitting under a starry sky is soon disturbed by warplanes.
The woman’s face is crying, then smiling when a baby arrives. But war returns – a sandstorm of emotions in Simonova’s capable hands – and we weep as the young woman turns into an old widow with a wrinkled and sad face that watches the monument of an Unknown Soldier.