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Date: Saturday, August 31, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center • 6050 Main Street, Village of Tannersville

Tickets Purchased Ahead: $25; $20 seniors; $7 students
At the Door: $30; $25 seniors; $7 students

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Credit:  Photo Matthew Bannister & Keith Bomeley DBOX
Open Practice: On the High Wire with Philippe Petit

"He outlines a whole approach to life, and his vision is pure, primitive and poetic.”
—Rupert Thomson, The Independent

In this new stage presentation, for the first time, Philippe invites the audience to follow one of his “secret” private daily practice sessions on the tight rope.

He starts on the ground, after a short introduction, demonstrating a selection of his warm-up movements essential to his best corporal behavior on the wire.

Then, on an apparatus low enough for you to catch his features and the details of his gestures, Philippe prefaces each crossing by explaining why each walk is different, and how these differences create a “progress program” conducive to artistic creativity. He shares stories about the creation of each major walk and shows the evolution of a simple move into a complex choreography, such as the knee balance, and the laying down. Philippe also performs the juggling without balancing pole, the full half turn with the pole sweeping around and the wire walker’s backward somersault. Philippe Petit concludes, on the ground again, with a Q&A.

A rare opportunity to peer into the backstage secrets of a unique artist.

Philippe Petit has written ten books, including To Reach the Clouds, which recounts the adventure of his illegal high wire walk between the twin towers of The World Trade Center. That walk was the subject of the 2009 Academy Award-winning documentary film, Man on Wire, as well as being the basis of The Walk, a 3-D/IMAX feature film directed by Robert Zemeckis, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe.

Philippe Petit gives lectures and workshops internationally on a variety of topics. He also practices lock picking and is an expert pickpocket.




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