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.
Update Sept. 5 2017
Andrey has recently told the story of how this groundbreaking video came to be
–The ‘FreE MaN’ Story-
Only a few short years ago I was in Las Vegas with no work offers for months on end and no network to turn to, feeling way down.
I had NO gameplan other than waiting endlessly for contracts that never came. My career came to a screeching halt and was going nowhere at that point in time.
I had zero vision of how or where to go to continue with my initial mission of life of true adventure and creating something inspiring and extraordinary.
I had to admit it to myself: I completely failed at achieving my dreams and making my mark in the Art world…and this is probably
the end of the road for my show business ambitions. It just wasn’t working anymore!
So, for one last try, despite the hopeless state of mind that I was in, I decided i should at least attempt to make a video of the act I kept working on and changing for several years but was NEVER hired to perform for any of the shows or companies I dreamed of working for at the time. Nevertheless, it was a labor of love but I had nothing to show for it, no evidence of it’s existence and nothing to promote it with.
ENTER: Alexander Alexandrov whom I met through Allan Mccormick. Alexander was a talented videographer, Artist, Director and the man I turned to for help in making this video happen.
He lived in L.A. at the time, busy as ever, but miraculously happened to be available for 2 days to come to Vegas to do the shoot.
I couldn’t find one theater stage to film the act on but he had a much better idea…
‘Let’s film it outdoors’ he insisted. Deep down I initially rejected the idea (my stage programming dictated the rules) but quickly changed my mind when he showed me another demo video he had done for a female dancer.
I hiked mountains and walked through desert almost every day for months all around Las Vegas couple years earlier when I needed to find myself and the idea of taking our shoot into the barren lands hit very close to home. In a very promising way that is.
We set out for 5 am departure time two days later (Sunrise lighting was a must) and the only thing left undecided was the music. I just couldn’t find something that rang the bells of my heart until I entered online search for “Moby”. The last song on the new album I never heard of called “Wait For Me” was: “Isolate”. Guitar strings of the opening seconds and piano sounds that followed took me by surprise and I experienced a myriad of feelings the moment it’s sounds entered my ears.
I had my song. Not a single doubt about it.
We drove out to the desert at night to meet the rising Sun and we filmed for hours in the heat that quickly followed.
The desert sand, rocks and clay I was balancing and dancing on was as uneven as they get but there was no turning back and I had to utilize ALL of my skill and will to make it look seamless.
After Alexander dropped me off at home I slowly walked to my room in silence, leaving the trail of sand and dirty clothes with shoes behind, collapsed into bed exhausted and dehydrated, feeling sick as a dog and fully convinced this was and will be a complete failure…
Few days later when the video was done I uploaded it onto my youtube channel in the evening and went to sleep expecting nothing special to become of it.
I remembered far too well my every previous effort going unnoticed and had no reason to expect anything different this time around.
Next day and in many months to come I was shocked to discover the video was everywhere, all over social networks and all I could do was sit and watch in disbelief. My new journey was just beginning and I recieved all affirmation, confirmation and re-assurance I needed to regain confidence in my abilities as a student of Arts and Handbalancer. A lot of it had come from Yoga community in particular which was a pleasant and flattering surprise. It made me determined to continue pushing boundaries of physical limitations and finding many diverse ways of expressing myself.
This video helped inspire and re-inspire countless people all over the globe and turned my career and life around 360 degrees!
So, the conclusion of this little story is: You can do anything if you don’t give up and keep searching to find your true self. Voice of truth is more powerful than any make-believe appearence of it and you don’t have to try to be like everyone else. The goal is to find yourself, your truth and help others discover it within themselves and express it to other people who might be lost and looking for their own light in surrounding clouds of darkness.
My utmost gratitude to everyone involved in inspiring this work and helping to make it happen.
Find your truth, your own freedom and enjoy this lifelong ride!
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.
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.