An Acrobat in Las Vegas
Grzegorz Roś, from Poland, is 29. He works as an acrobat in Las Vegas. ďMy profession allows me to entertain people and to Ďamuseí God,Ē he says. Grzegorz is a cooperator of Opus Dei.
Grzegorz performing in "Le RÍve"
Iím one of 85 acrobats who take part in a show called "Le RÍve" (The Dream). The director is Franco Dragone. Itís a spectacular show that could take place only in Las Vegas. With a pool as the setting, we combine sport and art at a high level of technical proficiency. Many of my companions are world famous acrobats who have won medals in international gymnastics, acting, dance, and music competitions.
How did you discover your talent?
I started performing acrobatics as a child; itís a popular sport in my hometown, Złotoryia, Poland. My trainers suggested that I take it up as a career, and with a friend, Tomasz Wilkosz, I created an acrobatic duo. When we heard about a new production on the other side of the Atlantic, we went to Paris for an audition and were accepted.
"Le RÍve" includes more than 85 artists performing together
Life in Las Vegas is intense. People come here from all over the world, from many cultures, religions and convictions. For my colleagues, Christianity is just one more among these cultures and religions. This is truly a place where itís easy to forget the fundamental ideas that guide oneís life.
At first sight, it could seem that this ďcity of leisure,Ē situated in the middle of a desert, is the least appropriate place to find God and encounter spiritual peace. But itís not that way. Here Iíve learned to deepen my friendship with God in daily life, which in my case usually takes place on a trapeze or flying through the air, working with people with all kinds of different ideas.
Exactly what do acrobats do?
Perform pirouettes well, acting in unison, synchronizing our acrobatics with each other, and doing so day after dayóitís not easy work. Sometimes we experience physical pain. But I think this work enables me to serve people, to help them rest, and even to ďamuseĒ God. And so I try to put everything I have into each performance.
Grzegorz attending a formational activity organized by Opus Dei in Poland
Before coming to the United States, I received as a gift three books by St. JosemarŪa EscrivŠ: The Way, Furrow and The Forge. I asked for more information and got in touch with a member of Opus Dei in Las Vegas. Soon I began to take part in activities of Christian formation. Since then, between performances, I try to do some mental prayer every day.
My work requires a lot of almost routine repetition of the same exercises. That takes a lot of physical effort, concentration and precision. The spirit of Opus Dei helps me do my work better, since I know that God is the main spectator.
A view of Las Vegas
Well, in this city the Work is still growing. We are few, but the need to be more is so evident that it fills us with eagerness. I cooperate with Opus Dei by prayer and by my apostolate. Bringing others to God is like acrobatic artistry: not everything depends on what you try to do, on your human abilities, although these are essential elements. I canít do much by myself; but with the others and God, I can.