Marysia Kochac Performed at Grotonfest as ‘The Snow Statue’
Thu, 10/03/2019 - 12:55pm Heraldgroton
Performance combined with steely endurance.
Marysia Kochac has been a street performer for a decade, and has worked as a "living statue" for the past five years. In the rest of her life, she’s a full-time circus student at the New England Center for Circus Arts, where she’s finishing their three-year professional training program this spring.
She has performed as the Snow Statue as far away as Australia and has a hundred or so festivals under her belt, not including countless pop-up performances. Her average endurance time while standing is six hours, although she has done eight and 10 before. She said, “It's a very mental exercise; I spend the first 10 to 20 minutes dropping into a meditative headspace and from that point on, I'm in a bit of a trance. My breathing gets shallower (which adds to the illusion) and I find my focus widening to the point where sometimes I feel like I have eyes in the back of my head. When someone tips me, it breaks the trance briefly, and all my focus turns to them so I can create a moment of connection and appreciation.”
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