Eskil Rønningsbakken is an extreme artist. Rønningsbakken performs balancing feats at the tops of lethal drops, such as canyons and cliffs. He practices yoga, meditation, and breathing techniques to stay focused. He joined the circus at the age of 18, but has been practicing in various forms since the age of five.
Rønningsbakken joined the circus at the age of 18, but has been practicing in various forms since the age of five, where, as the youngest of three children, he spent his time in the Norwegian countryside climbing trees and playing on rooftops. At an early age, when watching television, he was inspired by footage of an Indian yogi balancing, and decided to devote himself to the art.He later improved his craft under the tutelage of Moscow State Circus trainer Peter Jakob.
Rønningsbakken is currently working with a film crew, creating a documentary to be shown in Scandinavia.To allow filmmakers to obtain enough shots, he often had to perform the feats dozens of times.He has also begun to teach others his techniques, such as Kenyan student Moses Wepukhuli.Rønningsbakken has visited the slums of Nairobi in the hopes of inspiring lifelong confidence in the youth by teaching them acrobatics.
Rønningsbakken’s current goal is to perform a one-handed handstand at the top of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which, as of January 2010, was the tallest man-made structure ever built.Explaining his motives, he says, “When you only have five fingers touching the building, you feel like you are flying. “Experts expect wind speed will affect his ability to perform safely, as the building sways slightly in high winds.
Eskil Ronningsbakken, 30, balances on the edge of a plunging cliff face at 1,400 metres – on a unicycle
Eskil performs a handstand at the observation platform over Trollstigen in Norway…
Eskil balances on a stack of chairs perched on a rock which is lodged over a 1,000m gap in Kjeragbolten, Rogaland, Norway…
…Eskil prepares to balance on a stack of chairs on a rock which is lodged over a 1,000m gap in Kjeragbolten
Eskil has also been training others how to make bold shapes at dangerous spots. Here he performs with Moses Wepukhuli, 25, from Kenya, and one of Eskil’s students. This was the first time Moses has performed at that height, and has been under Eskil’s supervision since January 2009
Describing his performances as ‘expressions of art’, Eskil is currently touring with a team of 10 people as part of a documentary about his incredible achievements. The crew have been visiting some of Eskil’s playgrounds, recording brand new stunts for the first time – like the unicycle at Trollveggen mountain – and improving on old performances for camera
January 2, 2010: Eskil Ronningsbaken balances on a stack of chairs over Geirangerfjord in Geiranger, Norway
September 6, 2009: Eskil Ronningsbaken balancing over Geirangerfjord…
…Eskil at the site of the stunt in September 2009
Eskil Ronningsbakken does a one-handed handstand as he balances on the edge of a 304m high cliff edge in Norway with one of his assistants
Eskil balances on a ice cube over a huge waterfall
Eskil Ronningsbakken balances on the edge of a cliff in Norway as a man points a fake gun at him. This picture was taken as part of an advertising campaign for the Norwegian police about risk taking…
…A close-up of the gun stunt
April 2009: Eskil Ronningsbakken balancing on a chair on a pole above the Kjaerag Bolten rock in Norway…
April 2009: Eskil Ronningsbakken stands on a steel ring on the edge of a 1,000 metre high cliff in Kjaerag, Stavanger
April 2009: A near-naked Eskil pushes a bicycle along a tightrope over Lysefjorden fjord in Stavanger. Rough winds and extreme weather conditions added to the extreme nature of the stunt and the whole thing almost went wrong when winds from below nearly tipped him over
Source Via Telegraph