Unicycle showroom “Evolution of Balance” by Galina Ryom-Røjbek
KvARTal Festival Sofia 2017
15-17 September 2017; Sofia, str. Washington 12
Introduction to the exhibition “Evolution of Balance
The balance on a unicycle:
Finding the center, constantly pedaling, understand how to divide your body equally on the bike in your movements then we are about to start rolling!!
Me as an unicyclist riding my bike 21 years,
Hello I’m Galina Ryom-Røjbek.
4 years old and I see the unicycle for first time, at a circus show in Denmark with my family, the talk on the backseat home after was only about this ‘one-wheel’ bike & that I wanted to ride it tomorrow. I learned riding it in 2 weeks between a setup with our outdoor furniture’s in the backyard in South Zealand where I grew up, where I also build up the unicycle club (FLUCK) which are donating some of these bikes you will see at the exhibition.
I was participating for first time at the unicycle world championship (UNICON) in 2004 Switzerland and brought some gold medals home from various disciplines. Many years riding, many championships and competitions attend and won, previous manager of the Danish Freestyle team (DFT), Freestyle developer for MAD4ONE (one of the biggest producer of unicycles and sponsor Teams in the world).
Starting in 1980, Jack Halpern (Japan) visited other unicycling countries and put together a proposal for the establishment of an international unicycling federation (IUF). In 1982, the IUF incorporated itself, with a small list of representatives from a few countries. But who would dare take the boldest step of hosting the first international convention? After the 1983 Unicycling Society of America (USA) National Unicycle Meet in Syracuse, NY, that decision was made. There was unicyclists from 9 countries at that NUM, and it seemed like the time was ripe. JeanPaul Jenack, son of USA Bill Jenack, promoted the idea among the people he knew could make it work. Principal organizers were JeanPaul Jenack, Meryl Schaffer, Al Hemminger, and host Ken Fuchs.
UNICON I, 1984 Syracuse, New York, USA.
Competing at championships
UNICON is the bi-annual unicycling world championships. This major event covers all facets of unicycling. Along with competitions in the IUF unicycle disciplines.
I was participating for first time at the unicycle world championship (UNICON) in 2004 Switzerland and brought some gold medals home from various disciplines. Many years riding, many championships and competitions attend and won. Latest participating at UNICON XVII, 2014 Montreal, Canada I won 2 gold medals participating in only 2 disciplines and mainly judging disciplines and supporting the Danish Freestyle Team as a National manager of the Freestyle sport in Denmark.
Downhill mountain unicycling Muni
Rushing down an off road trail is what Mountain Unicycling (Muni) is all about. Riders ride quickly down mountains or maneuver carefully through rocky terrain. Muni can be done on a variety of terrain ranging from fire roads to technical single track.
Muni Downhill is one of my favorite’s disciplines to ride, I took many medals at competitions at this discipline, I also broke a leg once during UNICON XVI, 2012 Brixen, Italy.
Presenting Unicycle models for first time in Sofia at the exhibition.
Unicycle productions & gear
(URC), (KOXX ONE, SIGNATURE MODEL), (KRISS HOLM),
(MAD4ONE), (NIMBUS) & other models.
Unicycle in the school program in Sofia
Unicycle on the school program – giving the kids an extra very important tool along their studies, the control of balancing yourself to obtain more understanding of our body & mind.
Unicycle club in Sofia
It is my goal to start the first Unicycle club in Sofia, following the IUF rules & committee.
To present this sport next year at Sofia 2018, European Capital of sports.
To teach, ride & have fun at a new sport here in Sofia, where all ages and genders can participate, with the same goal at different levels challenging your balance.
Test yourself with balancing on a Unicycle at the exhibition at KvARTal 15-17.09.2017
In our showroom there is a bike, a road, the white line to keep you on track, hold on to the rib at the wall and then it’s your game to find the balance, control the bike and ride.
Supported by Mini Art Foundation
(The foundation support the development of contemporary circus arts, social circus projects and alternative sport in Bulgaria).
The foundation is running yearly the festival Mini Art Fest in Sofia.
WORKSHOPS AT MINI ART FESTIVAL 7
Contemporary circus festival Sofia 2017
A chance to meet, learn and ask questions directly from the many Artists taking part in the Festival
WHAT IS CIRCUS WORKSHOPS?
Workshops is a place where you can challenge yourself, it’s for people in all ages who wants to try out different disciplines of circus with the help of professional artists.
WHAT KIND OF WORKSHOPS CAN YOU PARTICIPATE IN?
The artists of Mini Art Fest 7 will demonstrate, share their skills and teach how to
Juggle, balance handstand, ride a Unicycle/Monocycle, do clowning, Mime theatre, and much more…
WHERE IS THE WORKSHOPS GOING TO BE HELD?
The workshops will be located at:
- ”Vitosha” 60, Sofia
- Karkason (ul. “William Gladstone” 30, Sofia)
- North Park
Most of the workshop will be held in the afternoons.
Take a look at the workshop program here with the time schedule
WHAT IS THE DURATION OF A WORKSHOP?
All workshops will have a duration time of 45-60 min.
HOW MANY CAN PARTICIPATE IN A WORKSHOP?
There is a limit, maximum 25 people pr. workshop.
WHAT IS THE PAYMENT OF JOINING A WORKSHOP?
The payment of workshops is donations in the Mini Art Fest Hat which will go entirely to the Artist/Teacher.
We are looking forward to see you at the workshops, let’s play together at Mini Art Fest 7th
THE HEROES OUR VOLUNTEERS MINI ART FEST 7
From June 16-26 we are running the 7th edition of Mini Art Fest presenting contemporary circus art from all around the world.
We can’t run this without you, but together we can support each other and gain fantastic vibe, laughter and great atmosphere at the festival spots.
We have this year to main locations, Maymunarnika (Park Borisova Gradina) 18.06 & 24.06 and at Vitosha Boulevard. 16.06-26.06.2017
All interested volunteers are invited to a first meeting at Sunday (04.06.17- 16:00) at the Club Karkason adds: street ‘William Gladstone’ no. 30.
In the first meeting we will present and distribute all the tasks for the festival program.
The main tasks are:
June 9-16 Distribution of the festival newspaper/program; sticking of posters;
June 15-26 Reception of foreign artists from the airport; Accompanying artists in Sofia; Prepare/ help artists for their stage setup/performance; Drive artists from A-B performance spot; *More tasks will be presented at the first meeting.
How is it to be Volunteer on MAF7?
You will present with us Contemporary circus, which is still on its way to being recognized and accepted here in the country.
You will experience the unique performances during the festival on close up;
- Free participation in workshops at Mini Art Fest 7; where? (Maymunarnika, Park Borisova, North Park.)
- 2x Free tickets for MAF7shows (18.06&24.06 Maymunarnika/23.06 Terminal1 Club )
Need circus skills as a Volunteer at our festival?
NoJ, But it is important to be positive, energetic, and open-minded, have power for challenges and love for art.
Yes, to support the volunteer spirit, the festival offers you one menu + a drink per day
How do I participate?
If you are interested in volunteer work during the festival and receive good benefits and rewards here is the formulary you must complete and send message to Mini Art Fest page in Facebook.
Link for: APPLICATION FORMULIAR
Crew of MAF
0897 555 484 – Geo Kalev
0886 749 384 – Ani Georgieva