Hand balancing is the performance of acrobatic body shape changing
movements, or stationary poses, or both, while balanced on and supported
entirely by one's hands or arms. It is performed by acro dancers, circus
performers, gymnasts, and sports acrobats. Hand balancing may be performed
by partners or individuals. In partner hand balancing, a strong bottom mounter
supports the top mounter in handstands, planches and other acrobatic poses. In
solo hand balancing, a single artist performs handstands, one-hand stands,
planches and other equilbristic maneuvers, usually on top of pommels, blocks
or other apparatuses.
As Eric Varelas and Amelie Demay prolong the slower tempos of the tango to
the breaking point, the tension rises, drawing the audience closer and closer
into the circle of magnetic attraction that connects the two young performers.
Theirs is a world of passion, of perfect yet unspoken communication, of two bodies
and mind moving, feeling and thinking as one. Yet their style is anything but
pretentious, and their execution is imbued with a dual sense of self-assured
elegance and total vulnerability that gives true meaning to the words "Grace
and Balance". When we watch these two performers barely out of their teens, we
are not just beholding a brilliant display of acrobatic skill. Eric and Amelie
reveal themselves through their medium - and judging by audience reactions
everywhere, the spectators definitely get the message!