Tightrope walking is a physical activity that involves balancing on and walking across a tensioned wire suspended above the ground. It is often performed as part of circus or other public stunt performances. For many performers who specialize in “highwire,” the primary goal is to successfully walk on this tightrope from one end to another while standing 6m or higher above the ground. Some highwire acts are known as “skywalks” because the participant walks a considerable distance while dozens of metres above the ground. Circus groups that train tightrope walkers usually introduce participants to balance poles, which are weighted at the ends to provide a lower centre of gravity for easier balance. Professional circus troupes often combine tightrope walking with dance or object manipulation tricks. These participants perform tricks using props such as bicycles or chairs to create a human pyramid above the tightrope.
Is this activity known by any other names?
What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?
Who takes part?
When does it occur / How often do you take part?
Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?
Big Top School of Circus Arts; Wonderful World of Circus
Is there anything else we should know?
Wonderful World of Circus2600 John StreetUnit 116Markham, ON, ON L3R 3W3
Big Top School of Circus Arts1150 Kerrisdale BlvdUnit 5-6,Newmarket,, ON L3Y 8Z9
Canadian National Exhibition210 Princes' Blvd.Toronto, ON M6K 3C3
Do you have any images/videos or other information that you would like to contribute to this activity profile? Please submit your additions.