To see more photos and videos behind the scenes of Andrey’s hand-balancing act in Cirque du Soleil, follow @andrii_bondarenko on Instagram
“The stage and audience are so marvelous, and the whole thing mesmerizes me,” says Andrey Bondarenko (@andrii_bondarenko) from Mykolaiv, Ukraine. Andrey’s journey has taken him from being a student acrobat to a European champion, and now to having a solo hand-balancing show in Сirque du Soleil (@cirquedusoleil). “One of my favorite hand-balancing tricks is to ‘walk on air,’” he says. “People loved the trick, so I developed it further, and finally, I created my own style of ‘walking on air.’” Andrey’s daily photos and videos are a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the life of a circus artist. “I spend 30 minutes training every morning to wake up my body. It’s quite enough for me—I need to save my energy for the evening show.”
"Frankly, have you ever heard of anything stupider than to say to people as they teach in film schools, not to look at the camera?"
—Sandor Krasna in Sans Soleil (Chris Marker, 1983)
Funny Games (Michael Haneke, 1997) A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick, 1971) Persona (Ingmar Bergman, 1966) Charulata (Satyajit Ray, 1964) Vivre sa vie (Jean-Luc Godard, 1962) The 400 Blows (François Truffaut, 1959) Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder, 1950) The Last Laugh (F. W. Murnau, 1924) The Great Train Robbery (Edwin S. Porter, 1903)