Breaking the Rules: An Evening with Philippe Petit

Breaking the Rules: An Evening with Philippe Petit

Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at 7:30pm | Tryon Festival Theatre

On August 7, 1974, a ginger-haired Frenchman traversed the 200 feet between New York City’s Twin Towers. What was extraordinary was that this man, Philippe Petit, did so at 1,368 feet with only a steel cable between him and the street so very far below. This artistic coup gained Petit instant notoriety. He recounted the adventure in his book, To Reach the Clouds, which formed the foundation of the 2009 Academy Award-winning documentary Man on Wire, which will be shown at The Art Theater on September 30.

Philippe has named J. S. Bach, Bruce Lee, and Leonardo da Vinci as inspirations, and in addition to his self-taught skills as a juggler, magician, and wire dancer, he lists stints as pickpocket, writer, barn builder, bullfighter, and engineer on his resume. Now, after 45 years of performances and more than 80 astonishing wire walks, Petit comes to Earth for a rejuvenating evening of conversation filled with the reflections of a fearless artist on creativity, problem solving, playfulness, and tenacity—with a bit of juggling too! Audience members will have the opportunity to engage in a question-and-answer session with this Renaissance man. “Spending a few hours in Mr. Petit’s presence does make the extraordinary seem within reach” (The New York Times).

Recommended for ages 12 and up

Also see Petit in CultureTalk, a conversation with Elizabeth Streb that will offer insights into the creative process and their innovative approaches.

This event will last approximately 75 minutes and has no intermission.

Grant Support
Art Works

Corporate Gold Sponsor
Michaels’ Catering

Patron Co-sponsors
Antje & Edward Kolodziej