Wald By Right Way Down
Company co-founder and performer
Right Way Down is a collective of six hand balancers who’s work tampers with the common definition of circus. Each member is a graduate from University of the Arts in Stockholm (DOCH). Having spent three years at university and a whole career on their hands, they come together to create Wald; a world inhabited by inversion and upside down expression.
True to its name, Wald reflects the forest. The evolution, growth, decay, death and rebirth of nature and what happens to it when touched by the human hand. We use handstands as our medium to create imagery and collage on stage. Within our world we pose questions in relation to nature’s ability to balance itself towards harmony and our capacity to manipulate or even halt it’s progress. The conceptual framework for Wald grew out from the idea of challenging the handbalancing body and the inherent traditions of the discipline. So using multiple bodies and the deconstruction of conventional handstand technique, we are transforming the solo focus of handbalancing into something more expansive.