The Swiss artist Silke Pan is the guest of honor out of competition at the II edition of the International Salieri Circus Award which is taking place these days at the Salieri Theater in Legnago (Vr). Of German origin, born in Bonn, Silke after her studies attended the national circus school in Berlin. She worked for 15 years as a circus performer, trapeze artist and contortionist until the day when, in September 2007, during an aerial act under her awning, Silke had an accident that made her paraplegic. After 7 months in the hospital, Silke begins to work again on her body, an important part of her life, a way of expressing herself and feeling serene, both physically and mentally. “Challenging the impossible” seems to be the motto of this combative woman, a disabled acrobat, whom she loves and who is hungry for life. A hunger certainly increased after the accident as if the lack of time made everything more precious. He began to devote himself with passion to the discipline of para-triathlon, consisting of handbike (the hand bicycle), the racing wheelchair and swimming, competing and winning some titles at an international level.But Silke has created an unprecedented discipline, the ultra para-cycling that is the handbike on alpine roads with a strong difference in height. In 2016 she conquers the summit of 13 Swiss passes and two years later she is the turn of the Raid of the Pyrenees during which she travels 800 kilometers reaching 26 peaks in 10 days. In the summer of 2019 she is another great challenge. Swim across 26 Swiss lakes and cover 980 kilometers with a handbike and racing wheelchair in just 2 weeks. The word impossible is not part of this champion’s vocabulary. And by dint of dreaming and believing in it, Silke has regained the acrobatic sensations in recent years, despite her handicap, 15 years after that terrible accident that made her paraplegic. Another big win for this woman who continues to push the boundaries of what is possible. A victory over adversity, a victory of courage, of willpower. The best victory of her life. “Sometimes it is precisely when we have accepted to mourn our past that life offers us the surprise of a return to what we loved most – says Silke. I am infinitely grateful to those visionaries like Antonio Giarola who know how to look beyond appearances for allow my artistic soul to come back to life. My participation in this festival is a dream come true. I feel like I’m living a fairytale. “At the Salieri Circus Award Silke Pan presents an unpublished issue specially created for her by the artistic director Antonio Giarola with the dancer of the Verona Arena Luca Condello on original music inspired by Antonio Salieri by the composer Mario Stendardi.