(Video link here.) Balance is a mesmerizing video of Rigolo Swiss Nouveau Cirque artist Maedir Eugster, creator and master of the “palm rib balance”, in which he builds a living mobile out of palm ribs and a single feather. It had to have been carefully plotted (the palm ribs appear to be notched) and rehearsed over and over (with many spills and failures). Still, it has the feeling of improvisation because Eugster has to be so IN THE MOMENT, feeling every air current and movement, adjusting himself constantly to maintain…perfect balance.
There are a number of artists now performing Eugster’s Palm Rib Balance, including Miyoko Shida’s slightly portentous but beautiful performance for the Spanish TV program “Tú Sí Que Vales” (“You Can Do It”).
It makes us want to try balancing things…
Tú Sí Que Vales! Words to live by.