Dancing with the wind | Video
An amazing performance of flying style in combination with dance …
This is one the the latest project for RedBull.com Adventure only one night of shooting at Airspace Indoor Skydiving to catch Leo Volkov flying style in combination with Gianlorenzo de Donno dance skills and Gaëtan Bouillet & Jo parcours energy. Music by The Words
Dancers are known for being masters of movement – skydivers, more for being masters of safely throwing one’s self at the ground. But wind-tunnel pro Leonid Volkov is a little more talented than your average meat hucker – the Russian’s ‘freeflight’ manoeuvers make you wonder if he’s hiding a pair of invisible wings. Watch him square off against contemporary modern dancer Gianlorenzo de Donno in the video above.
The wind lets you levitate
© John Stapels
Leonid Volkov – who hails from Russia – has only been flying for three years, but his unique skills in the wind tunnel have got him noticed. With over 300 hours of flight in the tunnel, he’s now one of the most experienced wind tunnel athletes in the world. (It helps that it’s his job, too – he’s a coach/trainer at FlyStation in St Petersburg, Russia.
More movement in action
© John Stapels
Interestingly enough, although he’s a coach, he doesn’t have a coach himself, unless you count his girlfriend, who helps with dance and choreography – and YouTube. “I watch video of different flyers, and try to repeat what they do,” he says. “But I really love to create my own style.”
The added element of music and rhythm makes Volkov’s flying so interesting and challenging. “Flying with music is difficult at first,” he says. “But it’s more interesting. After some days you understand how it works, and after that, it’s hard to fly without music!”
© John Stapels
Knowing his thoughts on the subject, we thought it might be fun to put Volkov in the same space as de Donno, a modern dance professional from Rome, who lives in Paris and performs with a professional dance troupe. In a new take on the classic dance battle, the athlete and the artist (although it’s fair to say each are both athletes and artist) mimicked each other’s movement – Leonid in the tunnel, Gianlorenzo on the ground.
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