Chair Balancing is a discipline in which balancing artists use a
significant number of stacked chairs, upon which they perform balancing moves
at the top of the pile or stack. The chairs may be balanced on other objects
and/or on just one or two of the legs. And, the chairs used in balance have
notches cut out or extra pieces of material added to allow them to be stacked
at otherwise unstable angles. Cirque du Soleil takes the basic function and
raises it to an art form!
Although he is only 23, this young acrobat had accumulated 13 years of
experience since he began working with the Targowek Acrobatic Club in his
native Poland, where he has already been national champion three times. In
1982, he won first place at the World Championships held in London, England.
The figures he performs in his chair balancing act require tremendous agility,
flexibility... and concentration! The routing you will see was put together last
spring with the help of two acrobatics coaches visiting from the People's Republic
of China. The acrobats name is Christopher Suszek.