NEWS AND EVENTS
October 22, 2013
Rope walkers in Uzbekistan
More than a thousand years ago in Uzbekistan appeared first darbozes (rope walkers). Their art lives among the people so far.
Every major cultural event, where the people rejoice, traditional music sounds, beautiful Uzbek ladies dance, and brave polvons compete in strength, is complemented with exciting performance of rope walkers.
Such performances in Uzbekistan have their roots in the early Middle Ages. Circus fun was a favorite pastime in the palaces of rulers, rope walkers also performed for the ordinary people in the marketplace.
“Balancing on a rope for us, as if to hover above the ground, to fly like a bird with outstretched wings,” shares his feelings after a performance the member of the famous dynasty of rope walkers from Vuadil, Tursunali Mamajonov. “It is today walking on the rope is the whole circus art that is taught in education institutions, learn it professionally.
In our case, it is rather a state of mind. Members of my family, from early years learn to keep a balance in extreme conditions, so that, at first glance, it seems impossible. For example, Sherzod began performing on the 20-meter rope at his six. Of course, he was secured by adults, and at first he performed simple stunts. But now, in his 10 he can perform a combination meant for adults, which is commonly performed by experienced masters.”
Traditionally men become rope walkers in Uzbekistan. Women can assist them, and play shows around the main rope. Colorful costumes give the performances special tint, and sometimes amplify the visual appeal.
“Once it was happened that during a stunt the satin waistband of the costume untied,” remembers Tursunali aka. “One end of it as like deliberately tangled around my leg. So I had to continue the stunt with it. At the end of the stunt when reached the other end of the rope the waistband feel down very impressively.”
Naturally, rope walkers do not use safety equipments, balancing on the height from 4-4 meters to 50 meters. They only use a special pole for balance.
Sometimes experienced rope walkers make funny bets on different stunts and who makes a stunt better than others is announced a winner. Those stunts include balancing on the rope on one leg, moving on the rope backwards, and others.
In a few minutes around the ropes gather interested viewers, and many of them start quietly singing a famous song of the rope walker, “Baka, baka, bang let’s walk on the rope, If you fall, don’t cry, get up…”
(Source: “Uzbekistan Today” newspaper)