Gana Maximova

Born in Moscow on March 14, 1970.

Sports achievements

Honored Master of Sports of Russia.

She performed for the Russian national team from 1989 to 1996.

4-time European champion (team and duet competitions).

Bronze medalist of the World Cup in group exercises in 1991 and 1995.

The winner in the contest of soloists at the international competition “French Open” (1996), “German Open” (1995), “Roma synchro” (1994) and for the prize of the magazine “Soviet Woman” (1991).

4th place in group exercises at the Olympic Games in Atlanta (1996).


1987–1991 — Russian State Academy of Physical Culture (RSAPC-RSUPESY&T) majoring in synchronized swimming.

1992–1997 — Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS-RATI) majoring in circus art direction.

2000–2005 — State Institute of Art Studies. Thesis on the subject “Water shows. History, specificity, art direction.”

Work experience

As an artiste of water performances she took part:
— in “Teatr na Vode” shows since 1995,
— in aquatic performances in Crocus City Mall,
— participated in creation of the performance of Cirque du Soleil “O” (Montreal, Canada, 1997-1998).

As an artiste in the genre of contact juggling she performed at:
— the Jazz Festival in Montreal,
— the International Circus Arts Festival “The Circus Princess” (Stockholm, Sweden),

took part in:
— the gala show with: “Cirque Éloize” (Raleigh, USA), with “Cirque Fantastique” (Montreal, Canada) at ceremonial gala performance of the national Award for achievements in science (Ottawa, Canada)
— the programme of the variety show “Pegasus” (Bensheim, Germany, February-March 2003).

Artistic achievements

The 3rd place (Bronett prize) at the International Festival “The Circus Princess” with the act of contact juggling,
The 1st place at the national festival of contact juggling.