Interview with WavePerformers
My name is Anjola Olupitan. Stage name "Wave" I am in my 20s and currently performing as a professional contortionist in Nigeria
Hey Anjola!, What got your interested in Contortion to begin with?
I grew up in Ibadan, Nigeria. As a young child I used to dance a lot and I was flexible to an extent but I wanted more and dived into contortion professionally and I have been loving it since then.
How long have you been performing?
I have been contorting for 7 years now. My interest in contortion started when I saw my mentor Dflex on the Nigeria’s got talent tv show and I fell in love with the act and started practicing more on my own and got better at it. I met him a few years later and he told me a lot I didn't already know from his experience and that taught me a lot and I became better with my act and performance.
What have been your biggest challenges as a performer?
My biggest challenge as a performer is the fact that only very few people do it in this part of the world and it's not getting enough credit as it should be.
What or which performance was most memorable to you?
The most memorable time of my performance was last year when I was on a talent hunt show and met and worked with a lot of other wonderful talents and I learnt a lot of things from the experience.
How would you describe your performance style?
I would describe my style of performance (contortion) as unique and graceful, it is an art that demands a lot of discipline, passion, consistency, commitment and patience.
Are you performing with a show or solo currently?
I am performing solo currently but hope to work with a Circus show soon.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received in your career?
Less is more
What advice would you give young people trying to get into performing?
My advice for young people who are trying to get into performing is that whatever act the choose to perform, they should be patient, consistent and be original when creating and enjoy themselves in the process.
Do you have a coach currently?
No I don't have a coach
What does your daily/weekly training schedule look like?
I wake up to stretch for 3 hours every morning, go about my day to day activities and also take Yoga classes as I am also a Certified 200hr yoga teacher and an hour or thirty minutes stretch before I sleep at night
What is a trick that you’re trying to learn at the moment? How is it going?
A trick I am trying to work on at the moment is the teardrop with my head touching my butt and it's not been easy as I am a front bender but I am making progress with it and I am glad.
What or who is your biggest inspiration?
My passion for growth is my biggest inspiration
What is contortion to you?
Contortion is life to me