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Photo: Michael Kerstgens/Collection Philippe Petit

Philippe Petit will share many of his tightrope secrets at STREB on February 8 (photo by Michael Kerstgens/Collection Philippe Petit)

SLAM (STREB Lab for Action Mechanics)
51 North 1st Street
Thursday, February 8, $40-$45, 7:00

Tightrope master Philippe Petit has walked between the two towers of the World Trade Center and across the Niagara River, the Sydney Harbor Bridge, the Eiffel Tower, Grand Central Terminal, and other locations around the world. On February 8, the sixty-nine-year-old French-born, New York City-based magician, juggler, fencer, bullfighter, and circus performer will be at SLAM in Brooklyn, the STREB Lab for Action Mechanics, holding an open practice. The public is invited into one of his “secret” sessions at 7:00, consisting of an introduction, warm-up exercises, and walking on a twenty-five-foot-long, seven-foot-high tightrope, where the audience can get up close and watch his every movement and facial gesture. The walks will be accompanied by stories of the choreographic elements, followed by a Q&A. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door for this rare opportunity to go behind the scenes with one of the greatest high-wire artists of all time.

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