1924 tightrope walker: mastery + risk to dance in the air

(Video link here. We recommend watching with the sound off.) This 1924 Pathe video rolls a number of ‘the improvised life’s favorite themes into a compelling minute and a half. Tightroping over a city, she’s defying norms, practiced like crazy to master her form, conquered any fears she had and take’s huge risks to dance joyfully in the air.

(Since she’s dressed in a hat and furs, we’re wondering if it was winter when she did her amazing feat.)

via Manhattan User’s Guide

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One Response to 1924 tightrope walker: mastery + risk to dance in the air

  1. David Saltman 04.13.2013 at 4:20pm #

    This is a video of the incomparable Bird Millman, the greatest female high wire walker of all time. She was a premiere attraction of the Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus. With her signature parasol for balance, and her swishy dresses, she frequently traipsed high above the City of New York. Here she’s at City Hall Park, along Broadway in lower Manhattan. The date is 1931, not 1924, judging from the Rogers Peet sign on the building opposite.

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