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!
One by one, the chairs are raised slowly and placed ever so gently on top of
each other to form a pyramid. Like a larger- than-life house of cards, the
structure is so delicate, so fragile that everyone holds their breath in silence,
lest the slightest gust of wind cause it to topple to the ground. Erected in the
purest Chinese tradition, the pyramid is so tall that anyone who climbs to the
top looks as small as a child from the ground. Suddenly, the acrobats do a flip
and balance themselves upside down on their column of chairs! Wow!