Upside Down

Everything’s a bit topsy-turvy right now – left the UK weather behind for Long Island – first show last night, outdoors in the dying sun – rather spectacular feel to the site, but we felt a bit under-rehearsed, being away from the rest of the crew for over three weeks. But it was OK, and Leo hasn’t got himself arrested for shirtlessness in South Hampton yet.  Then, after a manic session of shows over four days, we’re headed back to Tennessee.

Since everything feels a little upside down (one of my favourite positions, to be honest!), here’s a selection of ‘upside-down’ pictures in various aspects of training and performance.

Nice duo on the silks – note the matching colour of their trunks and the silk. Attention to detail in performance is important.

Kung-fu bats! Actually, there are good training reasons for hanging upside down – tyro ab crunches being one of them:

At least, that’s what we assume is going on in this rather untidy basement. He’s obviously been working out hard, judging by the body, but the form here is rather inelegant. You can do it in the hallway too…

That bar looks a little thick to get your hands around safely (and there’s an arch close by to crash into if you get into a swing) but, as all good fitness guys will attest, you need to take advantage of what you have, at every opportunity.

Finally, on this upside-down topic for today, we have plain acrobatics (I was going to say ‘simple acrobatics’, but it isn’t!) – another free head-balance picture from our collection:

I’m sure he’ll manage to do it without his feet resting on the wall – eventually… You can tell from the electric plug that he’s a Brit, but Dave and I don’t recognise him from any performing group we know. Anyway, ‘practice makes perfect’…


About tonycavanagh

Born Northampton UK; school Oxford UK and Oak Ridge Tennessee, where I met my wonderful partner Dave, also from UK. Oak Ridge is our main training base for acrobatics and circus stuff, but we also established a base in Wales (UK) to serve us when we are working in Europe. Our 'story', of finding gay love, learning the acrobatics trade and then of how we got shot at during our show (and worse was to follow - just to prove that the risks of being an acrobat are not always the most obvious ones!) are now available in my three books 'Loving the Boy', 'The Power of Love' and 'Against All Odds'. Links available on most blog posts. Actually, waiting for the imminent arrival of the first printed copies was far scarier than anything we do in performance. A fourth book - not about us but exploring the sadness of a gay Native American boy denied his true identity - is currently with an agent for evaluation. watch for 'Let The Future Find Me' in due time. And now to book five... another boy, another quest... seems its always boys...
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