Rokardy's chair act was created exclusively for La Nouba, and integrated in the
show on January 24, 2003. The artist stacks furniture he has found in the imaginary
attic of La Nouba in order to light a chandelier, which mysteriously rises just
beyond his reach every time he tries to get to the last candle. Rokardy defies
gravity and the laws of physics as he balances precariously on a stack of six
chairs, two books, and a baby carriage atop a table elevated 16 feet in the air.
When he finally manages to reach the chandelier, Rokardy, who is now 34 feet in
the air, surprises his audience with a unique hand balancing image, before lighting
the last candle.
Ever wanted to climb a tree as a kid? How about stacking furnature? This act, which
features a solo performer and a stack of chairs, defies the laws of physics. The act
originated with Vasily Dementchoukov, who previously appeared in Cirque du Soleil's
Nouvelle Expérience production, and featured a stack of eight chairs rising 25 feet
in the air. In La Nouba a twist is added by sending the stack of chairs an 20-feet
in the air, to balance 41 feet in the air! Top it off with a spinning birthday cake
and we have a party!
Today, the artist is Rokardy and while he performs a similar act, he uses other
every-day items... like baby carriages... to balance upon!