BOUNDLESS FREEDOM

BOUNDLESS FREEDOM

ALEXIS AKROVATAKIS  |  HAND BALANCE



"Handstand and hand balancing is that what I do and I am spending some hours daily being upside-down.
It is a boundless freedom".
His real name is Alexis Akrovatakis, he lives in Stockholm and he is sharing his experience from the heart of circus in Alby.


DURING THE PERFORMANCE...
... is you with yourself, closer than ever. The hit of the lights is melting your muscles. The music is part of your living. The makeup is part of your skin and you suddenly realize that the pain is gone. During the performance you are in your final destination.

BACKGROUND
I was a sports acro gymnast, third base on the man’s four and part of the Greek Nation Team. Later on i use to dance a lot, i still do it.

WHY HAND BALANCING
I remember my self being upside down since i was really small. When i was a gymnast I was dreaming to be a flyer in Mens Pair but it never happened. Last December i decided that i need something new in my life, something that will be challenging and motivating; something that will need time, patience, that will make me spend time with my self and will balance my point of view about life. Do you wonder if it's fun? It's a boundless freedom.

THE SET OF SKILLS A CIRCUS PERFORMER MUST HAVE
You need to have a personality, to believe in yourself and you need to wanna do something as bad as you wanna breathe.

THE MEANING OF TRAINING
Is simply a lifestyle. There is people waking up in the morning and going to their offices and to they jobs. Is the same with training, you working on your body and your soul.

CHOREOGRAPHY PART MEANS
5, 6, 7, 8:
step. step. head. side hands. open hands. close. jump. down. roll. roll. hand. hand up and down.

THE ANXIETIES OF AN ACROBAT
The only anxieties I feel as an acrobat is about the war in Gaza, for the children dying every day in Africa, for my country Greece that families are having hard times. About the world.

CONTEMPORARY VERTICAL. WHAT THOUGHTS ARE COMING
My grandmother asking me why I was acting like a psycho on stage.

THE IDEAL SPACE
Theater/circus arenas.

COMING UP NEXT
My dream is to perform in a huge stage with so many different artists against the war.
My next goal is to start jumping from one hand to the other on the canes.
My aim is to go on tour with a wonderful people – cast and meet the world.

CONTEMPORARY CIRCUS
Stunning power, combines circus skills and theatrical techniques and taking you in a journey of rings, clubs, balls and jugglers, acrobats in the air and in the ground, handbalancers and many many different artists, composed exclusive music for the production, colours in a stage of a theatre, costumes and make up, characters created exclusively for the artists, feelings and vibes, creative vibes. Dreams becoming reality.


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Photography by EKO and RIO Monka.