“There is a moment just before performing a big drop on fabric that whispers “You could die”. I often answer “Excellent” and all at once surrender myself to gravity…
I unravel every wrap that took such care to create, years of training and tears to perfect. Each twist and turn I strike a new pose as I fall. My soul whimpers, terrified “You’re dying”. My brain roars with ecstasy as I near the end …
But truth be told…when the lock of fabric I tied so delicately around my thigh tightens, jolting me to a stop… I’m absolutely intoxicated with bliss that I’m alive.
Maddening, joyous bliss.”
– Marina Petrano