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An Angel, A Flower, A Bird

Cross-dressing trapeze and tightrope artist Barbette seems to have sprung out of a Jean Cocteau fantasy, but surely was a real person. Exact birthdate and parentage subject to dispute, but somewhere around the dawn of the 20th Century in Texas. Subsequent to highschool, he replaced a deceased woman in the Alfaretta Sisters aerialist circus act. Barbette toured the vaudeville circuit and debuted in Europe in 1923. Barbette's curtain-call wig-ripping-off move was ripped off for Victor/Victoria. [more inside]
posted by larrybob on Aug 13, 2014 - 3 comments

Professor Shyguy chiptunes Tightrope

Chiptune musician Professor Shyguy does a cover of Janelle Monae's Tightrope, and pretty much nails it.
posted by hippybear on Jul 10, 2014 - 7 comments

Whether You're High or Low

CHVRCHES (previously) covers "Tightrope" by Janelle Monáe (previously). At the Billboard Women in Music 2013 event. With Janelle Monáe in attendance. No pressure. [SLYT]
posted by Mothlight on Jan 9, 2014 - 72 comments

Bipedal robot walks a tightrope

Bipedal robot walks a tightrope. [more inside]
posted by stbalbach on Oct 22, 2012 - 30 comments

Post-SOTU Palate Cleanser

Slacklining at the Totempole in Tasmania. SLYT. (Previously: Funambulism on Wikipedia)
posted by growabrain on Jan 25, 2011 - 24 comments

"If something is not progressing, it’s dying.”

Janelle Monae has been busy since the release of The Chase EP, the first of four "suites" that make up her genre-bending epic set in the distant future. She's been "discovered" by Diddy, continued to find inspiration in unexpected places, founded an artists' collective in her adopted hometown of Atlanta, and found time to speak to Vogue about her singular sense of style. Somewhere in there, she's also recorded the next two parts of the Metropolis Suite, titled The Archandroid (which is out today), put out a teaser for the album, and also the video for the first single, Tightrope. [more inside]
posted by heeeraldo on May 18, 2010 - 24 comments

When I see three oranges, I juggle. When I see two towers, I walk.

When Man on Wire won a Grand Jury Prize: at Sundance this year, many could hazily remember Philippe Petit's high-wire walk between the World Trade Center Towers in New York in 1974 (previously) but few knew the extent to which the entire endeavor was a wacky multinational caper. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Oct 11, 2008 - 32 comments

Not quite a tightrope...

Slacklining is like tightrope walking on crack. There's even instructional sites dedicated to it. I'd never heard of it until running across this pretty unbelivable video, which led to the discovery of keywords and what is apparently an entire culture. Some of the basic tricks include surfing, the 360, various acts of balance reminiscent of breakdancing or olympic balance beam and even a front flip. Oh, and of course then there's complete insanity...
posted by twiggy on Aug 18, 2007 - 38 comments

Without a Net

On this day in 1974 French stuntman Philippe Petit walked a tightrope strung between the still-unfinished (and largely unrented) towers of New York's World Trade Center. In the course of a single morning, the unexpected -- and illegal -- actions of a daring young Frenchman and a few of his confederates would change public opinion about the troubled towers, which were courting financial disaster and facing a barrage of architectural and social criticism (pdf).
posted by three blind mice on Aug 7, 2005 - 17 comments

The Greatest of Ease...

"Being on the tightrope is living; everything else is waiting."
Karl Wallenda, January 21, 1905 – March 22, 1978

After 43 years of waiting, Karl's adopted son Mario Wallenda, now 64, rejoins his family dynasty and returns to the high wire. (more inside...)
posted by miss lynnster on Jan 21, 2005 - 11 comments

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