ALL ABOUT HANDSTANDS: Andrey
Some might ask: How can you never get tired of Handstands? The simple answer is: Watching someone move with such ease and control - while knowing how much effort and strength it takes - will never cease to amaze me. This is the 10th issue of my ALL ABOUT HANDSTANDS Interview series, which I have started to share the many beautiful souls out there who dedicate their time on one or two hands instead of their feet.
I started following Andrey on Instagram because I was fascinated by his artistic expression of his passion: As a performance artist with his own, unique style which combines humor, elegance and precision which led him to work with Dragone, Cirque du Soleil, Festival Mondial Du Cirque du Demain. His spirit reminds me of black & white retro circus pictures and his movements of the bendiest and strongest bamboo. Let's find out more about Andrey.
1.) Q: Your IG name is @whoisandreymoraru. So, who IS Andrey Moraru?
A: I asked myself the same question in the summer of 2016, when I decided to change the name of my account, which was completely dormant at that time!
Since the page is about my work, what better way is there to continue staying fresh and creative than being incomplete, undone, unfinished and still becoming. Going through changes puts us in an uncharted and unfamiliar territory while usually we always like to stay in control. So, the page name reflects that ongoing journey of navigating my path without trying to influence the outcome.
2.) Q: What is the craziest One Arm Handstand variation you can do and what is your favorite Handstand of all?
A: There’s definitely more than one! Though I think explaining an entire sequence might sound a bit sterile and flat compared to the visual display, but as far as poses go, one of my favorites is a “ T ” shaped, one arm handstand aka “Figa”. Variation with legs together has the simplest “design”, and is one of the most impressive poses in my opinion, because it’s so simple and easy to appreciate. You’ll see it in the picture…
There are different streams of practice and alternative scenes out there that involve doing dangerous stunts infused with handstands. I’ve NEVER been tempted to hand balance on top of a building somewhere, or in any sort of compromising circumstances.
With that said, I have done one arm balances on a high stack of chairs with no safety belt (a reduced version of harness) in performance, many times. The reason I did that is because at the time, taking on chair stacking act was the only option I had at my disposal (other than becoming an illegal immigrant and risking my future) in order to stay and work in the U.S. legally. So, I had to learn to adapt and overcome my fears in order to take this idea from it’s inception in the training space, to performing it on stage in a month. I’m grateful for having been given that opportunity by “Cirque Dreams” company.