The fourth story that I am sharing is : "The Last Dagestanese Tightropewalkers".
A story that will be exhibited both in the US and in France:
🇺🇸 in the US, at Photoville festival (18 sept - 1st dec) 🗽 New-Yrok, Brooklyn Bridge Park - Empire Fulton Ferry Park Area. Don't miss it if you are in NYC !!
🇫🇷 in France, at Barrobjectif festival (18 sept - 26 sept) in 🏘 Barro, Charente region. Be there if you are around in France !
Here my words about the story:
In the south of Russia, the steep summits of the North Caucasus, in the Republic of Dagestan would have given rise to tightrope walking. It is said that the practice was first and foremost a way to make one’s way through the craggy landscape.
But the reality is foremost that tightrope walking became a way of making a good living in these remote places, where in some highly perched areas nothing can grow. Thus, performers started to travel from villages to villages and celebrations to celebrations showing their art. The Dagestanese artists became redoubtable! The soviet circuses came to recruit in the depths of Dagestan in villages where one says that every soul can practice the discipline.
But today the reality is different; many of these villages too remote undergo a massive rural exodus. Tightrope walking no longer interests and no longer pays. Still, to fight this cultural impoverishment, some resist and practice or strive to transmit the art of being a tightrope walker.