The following is an interview with Andre Moraru one of leading handbalancers in the world, and myself, conducted via email.
Q: Can you tell us a little about your history with handbalancing?
A: it’s hard to give precise answer in a short amount of time but I will give a short summary of how I got started. It begun as gravitating towards doing things that made me feel good. I didn’t have plans or ambitions to become a performer, I just liked the process of being physically active. It ranged from stick and sword fighting to diving and swimming, to hiking. Then it changed to attempting acrobatics on the grass, stretching in my backyard, trying to walk on my hands (which at first I considered to be a lot harder and more hardcore than actually standing still). I grew up in a small town with lots of natural environment around me. Me and my friends created a lot of cool stuff with simple tools we had at our disposal. So it all began as playing around really. Whatever you do out of joy and not out of having to do it, will most likely stick with you because you crate an environment where you are, now, the most immediate sector of your attention. You don’t try being someone else, you create your own world and become a master within it. Who knows where it will take you, all you know is that you have something interesting to do and it’s very exciting to try and dig deeper. We often forget what it feels like to do something for the first time ever. We assume that we know everything and there is nothing cool and new left to do but the truth is there is. Let joy lead your way.
Below is a reprint, in its entirety, of an interview between Arthur Costi and balance artist Mikael Krstiansen.
Arthur is a highly skilled yoga artist in his own right, practicing and teaching the DeRose method of yoga. He initiated this interview to help with some of the advanced skills he’s working to perfect.
For some this may all be up in the stratosphere, but hopefully all will find it insightful, inspirational, and lead us to push our own performance limits.
Following the interview you will find a couple of nice videos.
Every once in a while something comes along that combines all the elements in just the right way. This performance by Andrey Moraru is one of those rare gems. He perfoms with lightness and a spontenatiey that is rare in the world of handbalancing routines. He blurs the lines between dance, circus, yoga and tai chi in a manner that seems natural and effortless. Simply a stunning performance.
YH note: The following is a republication with permission of an article by Yuval Avalon. Prompted by the number of highly talented handbalancers coming out of the Kiev circus school, he asked his friend Andrey Moraru, who studied there, about his experience.
Yuval himself is a very respected handbalancer, check his site yuvalonhands.com to see why.