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Circus Immersion–Keeping the Movement Going in the Art of Being Upside Down

An Olympic diver slowly bends forward, lays his palms in front of his toes, and rises into a perfect handstand ten meters above the water. Two vibrant girls kick their legs up in the air at sunrise and walk down Times Square’s infamous red stairs. A gymnast turned biology teacher takes a sip of water and gets on his hands to demonstrate that one can swallow upside down.

There is something both extraordinary and casual about someone pushing through their shoulders, squeezing their ribs in, and creating a perfect line from the floor to the tip of their toes. Some circus disciplines such as Washington trapeze and contortion have integrated hand balancing elements to their acts’ composition and there isn’t a kid who hasn’t tried finding that perfect, centered spot on the playground. For some, hand balancing is an influential part of their yoga practice while others see it as a challenge to succeed by their 40th birthday. Shenea Stiletto sees it as the art of being upside down and of getting to a place where that feels natural. Hand balancing offers a unique point of...

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Martin Frenette

Impassioned by performing arts, Martin Frenette started intensive dance training at a very young age before trading pliés and barres for ropes and somersaults at Montreal National Circus School. He has spent a decade performing in several shows in Europe, such as Circus Monti, Chamäleon Theater, Wintergarten Varieté, Cirque Bouffon, GOP Show Concepts or the Max Entertainment Palace, to name a few. Writing has always been one of Martin's passions and he's thrilled to join Circus Talk's team to share his views on shows, the stage and what's going on behind the scenes with other performing arts enthusiasts!