Irina Naumenko was born on March 4, 1983, in Marks, a small city of central Russia. At the age of 11, Irina joined the Children Circus of her hometown. In discovering her immediate ease on stage, she performed in various circus disciplines such as contortion, hand balancing, group acrobatic, mixed pair, juggling and skipping rope. During her years with the Children Circus, Irina received honors at the National Children Circus Festivals, both in Anapa, Russia and in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.
In 2001, at 18 years of age, Irina joined the Russian Circus State Company of Moscow as a solo hand balancer and contortionist. The following year, she won the gold medal at the International Circus Festival in Enschede, Netherlands.
In 2003, she was invited to join Cirque du Soleil's Varekai production as its female lead character. She traveled around the globe with this show for 8 years, visiting more than 50 cities, discovering 5 continents. After such a rich and committed journey with Varekai, Irina said her goodbyes, needing to explore new horizons and push herself to reinvent her acrobatic and artistic skills.
In July of 2011, she gave birth to a beautiful little boy and spent some quality time with her family, in Montreal, Canada.
Being a true performer at heart and an artist in need to challenge herself, Irina then started to work on a new hand balancing and contortion act along side Julie Perron, a young and edgy contemporary choreographer. Irina wanted to build an act in which a woman could express her duality as a fierce character, while exposing a vulnerable and graceful soul.
Irina is excited and inspired by all the possibilities presented to her since she became a freelance performer. She takes every project as a privileged opportunity to offer her high-caliber performance to amaze and bring delight to clients of all areas who have high standards when it comes to entertaining their distinguished guests.
To have Irina Naumenko, internationally-renowned artist, perform at your event is to offer an unforgettable moment of seductive grace and powerful elegance by her unique and breathtaking talent.
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