Do not stop trying continue practicing until you get it right— Gilbert Nkole

By replacing fear of the unknown with curiosity we open ourselves up to an infinite stream of possibility. We can let fear rule our lives or we can become childlike with curiosity, pushing our boundaries, leaping out of our comfort zones, and accepting what life puts before us.-Alan Watts

In exploring childlike curiosities and pushing our boundaries we share a story of Fussionarts, A 22 year old Zambian contortionist dancer.

Gilbert Nkole is a young Zambian contortionist born in misisi compound of Lusaka.

Contortion is a unique art or skill of twisting and bending one’s body into strange and unnatural positions, as a form of entertainment.

Brief career history and work done ?

I start dancing in 2009 at the age of 11 but I become serious with my art some time after completing my grade 12 . I never choose to be a contortionist dancer but I always wanted to be different from other styles of dance in Zambia.

Do you have other forms of acrobatics that you can perform (apart from contortion)?

Yes I do, i can do Bboy, animation and Bonebreaking but I always try to connect all of these arts.

What are your career goals and what plans do you want to achieve?

I have always wanted to be the next big thing in Zambia and I always work extra hard in my work of Art. I always have my sessions everyday, I practice everyday from 23:00 hrs to 03:00 I get myself that time because during the day I go for work.

Have you ever been seriously injured from practicing?

Yes, you get injuries sometimes because what is success and training without a little pain.

What steps do you take before going to perform?

Stretching!, stretching is the best way before going for a performance and not only is it the best way it should be the most important for anyone who performs this art. I always stretch first so that I prepare my body and my mind.

What type of services do you offer?

I have performances anywhere invited also performance and arts in music videos for a fee

What Zambian entertainers have you worked with ?

I have worked with a number of zambian artists like King Illest, King celeb and looking foward to working with more.

What challenges do you face (during practice) ?

The biggest challenge that i face during practice is when coming up with dance moves. It’s always hard trying to make my own moves.

Who influenced you in Zambia?
To be honest here I do not really have reference I can point to who has contortion, guess i might be the first one .

Apart from this art what other things do you do and what advise can you give the youth?

Apart from acrobatics I work, i run a boutique. General advise I can give to my friends out there is they should not stop trying, continue practicing until you get it right.

You can follow me on Instagram, Facebook or email me gilbertnkole@gmail.com

By Dalitso kasonde

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