Leilani Franco

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Leilani Franco
Born Leilani Lemuela Franco
(1986-04-09)April 9, 1986
Other names Lucky Franco, Luna Luna, Lala Franco, Bendy Girl
Occupation Contortionist, Experimental Artist

Leilani "Lucky" Franco, (born. 9 April 1986) is a British contortionist based in London and Berlin.

She is most well known for appearances of a 2012 Britain's Got Talent semi-finalist,[1] 2012 Das Supertalent semi-finalist and 2011 Eurovision solo dancer in Turkey. She has Guinness World Records for traveling a distance of 20 m (65 ft 7.2 in) in a back-bent position in a time of 10.05 seconds and the fastest contortion roll over a distance of 20 m (65 ft 7.2 in) in a time of 17.47 seconds.[2]

She performs as a freelancer with several companies in London and Berlin, such as NoFit State Circus,[3] Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Eloize,[4][5][6][7] The Box Soho, and Little Big World.[8]

Early life[edit]

Franco began her career at the age of six. In her youth, she studied piano, dance, martial arts and gymnastics until the age of sixteen in Manila, Philippines. There she joined the Philippine Ballet Theatre. Then she attended École nationale de cirque in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from 2005, where she received the Diploma of Contortion and Circus Arts in 2008 and a minor in Chinese pole dancing.[9][10]

Works[edit]

From 2008 to 2010, Franco worked exclusively with Cirque Éloize as a contortionist. In 2011, she moved to London to work as a freelance artist in clubs and cabarets such as The Box Soho, Cafe de Paris, Supperclub, The Old Vic Tunnels Edinburgh Fringe Festival and at various shows with the old Boom Boom club (now Boom and Bang Circus) in South Bank, London.

Since 2013, she has participated in the show Little Big World by Sebastiano Toma in Germany. Additionally, she worked in the show Dummy at Chameleon Theatre as a replacement.

Awards and career highlights[edit]

Personality[edit]

Franco is currently attending BA Contemporary Media Practice at the University of Westminster and is expected to graduate in the summer 2014. There she experiments her advanced potentials in performance by blending and integrating different media arts such as film-making, new media, installations with contortion. While she studies different media voluntarily in the academic field, she also shows her interests in expanding her artistic field. She has founded a production company, Twisted Arthouse, and is producing and starring in her upcoming film project.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Video: Britain’s Got Talent could be Lucky break for contortionist singer Leilani Franco". London24. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "World's Fastest Back Bend Walk -- Guinness World Records 2014". GuinnessWorldRecords. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Contortionist Leilani Franco performs at a preview for NoFit State Circus...". Metro. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Creative team, Cirque Éloize". Cirque Éloize. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Breakfast Television Toronto - Tuesday, September 28, 2010". Rogers Digital Media. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "iD Cirque Eloize, Classical FM 96.3 and 103.1 Canada". Zoomer. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Cirque Eloize: 10 good reasons to go see its new show, iD - The Globe and Mail". The Globe and Mail. 10 September 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Review: Little Big World - This Is Cabaret". Gabi Keast. 8 March 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Little Big World - The Cast" (PDF). Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Tonight's third Britain's Got Talent 2012 semi-final line up! - Britain's Got Talent 2013". Josh Darvill, Telly Mix. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 

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