Video of the Week – Philippe Petit: The journey across the high wire

There was a time when the Twin Towers tight wire walk was an insider circus story, forgotten by New York and the rest of the world. Then Man on a Wire was released and the world listened, Petit back in fashion.

In this video Petit condenses his solo show to a 18min Ted talk.

*Warning* the juggling is a little painful….

Patfield on beauty

Juggler, rope walker and friend of mine Chris Patfield recently wrote this article for the Guardian:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/feb/19/beauty-of-highwire-walking

This bit reminded me of an older post I shared here

 It saddens me to see that this great discipline is increasingly rare in contemporary circus, which no longer invests as much in high-risk performances such as the highwire or trapeze.