Novembra 2013 so me v Knjižnjici Otona Župančiča v Ljubljani povabili k sodelovanju pri dogodku podelitve priznanj Zlata hruška za mladinsko literaturo.
Tako so nas skupaj s skupino Cirkokrog, ki se ukvarja s cirkuško pedagogiko, umestili v program kot žive simbole ravnotežnostnih umetnosti.
Dobra zgodba, napeta kot žica in - voila! Blaž Branc govori o simboliki funambula, umetnosti in meditaciji hoje po žici s palico:
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We people are funny. Well, not funny... fairytale-like.0
We are fairytale-like in expectation of adventure, which we would like to experience in the controlled environment our our living rooms.
We want to experience adventures, so that we could tell stories. To tell a story is to honor our past.
A good story... a man, who spent his life sitting in the corner, does not tell stories.
And every adventure starts with the first step.
The first step...
To make the steps, it is necessary to loose balance. But what we try to achieve is, keep moving and keeping having the balance at all times.
To be at peace with unbalance, is balance.
I wish to tell you 3 stories. The first story is about the first step – with wire set at 2,5 meters high.The first time.
Story tells the tale of my initiation workshop, when I became wire walker. It's about our group of students, entering the 2,5 meters wire for the first time. We had security belts, so we were not in a life-threatening situation.
But, when you stand on the starting platform with a pole 7 meters long, weighing 8 kilos... the mind is quick to forget, that the body is actually safe. Because there is this vast emptiness, looking back at you, and the journey lies in front of us.
The first step... unbelievable. Once the sole of the foot steps on the wire, 16 millimeters wide, the mind explains: »This is impossible. You will fall.« And even though the body knows how to walk, because we learned at lower heights and the principle is the same, the mind is convincing the body, that it is not able to pull it off.
So the first step took indefinitely. I went about it with my right foot. I could feel my legs shaking. Then I reminded myself with advice from our instructor, saying: »Do not always start with the same foot.«
So I said to myself: »OK, I always start with my right foot. So I'll go with my left now.«
And the mind comments: »Now you want to begin with your left? Now maybe aren't the best circumstances for it.«
So I pulled back. At this point I was already shaking so much that it seemed impossible. So the words of my classmate Alexander Frey came to me: »To cross, you have to first really decide.«
I told myself: »OK, I have decided.« And I went.
What is the most amazing is, when you stand with both your feet on the wire and you realize, you have not fallen and that you are actually standing there tall on the wire. It's funny every time, that this actually works. Once you get going, you still exist.
So it went, step by step. Until later, somewhere in the middle of the wire, where it gets the most shaky, panic came. Total panic. Loss of balance. The mind is getting ready for the 'how will I fall' scenario. Not the 'will I fall?' but 'how will I do it!'
In this agony, this drama, this crisis... the least logical thing happens. Now, about the idea to 'restore balance...' ...the only way to actually do it, is to make another step. And another one. And another one. And all of a sudden you realize you are upright again, the wire goes on, the life goes on.
Reaching the other side of the 12 meters long wire, I put down the pole, and heavily stressed turned to the instructor and said: »But why so much fear?«
Why so much fear? Because in fact, it wasn't that difficult at all.
The second story is a story about our group, crossing the canal in Belgium: 9 meters high, 25 meters long. After crossing, my classmate Valentin reflected: »At the start, all the weight, all the fear, everything is falling down in the water. And then at the end, you are free. But, why don't we start out free and at the end, we could be dancing?«
My last story is about the famous Philippe Petite, who in the middle of the 1970s crossed the wire that's been put up between the Twins in New York – at the top terrace level.
His story actually begins earlier, before this great feat. His notorious saying is: »The object of my dream does not exist yet". Well, he certainly found the dream. And after the dream came true for him, he said, as we can hear him say in the Man on wire movie: »I can refuse my self, or live on the wire.«
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Vsi, ki vas pritegne simbolika funambula, ste vljudno vabljeni, da poizkusite tudi sami! Iniciacijske delavnice organiziramo večkrat letno z asociacijo Funambule Balkan v Zagrebu.