fbpx Skip to main content

PEN World Voices: Artists of the Air

Thursday July 25 2024 • 1:50am - 1:50am ET

In 1974, Philippe Petit danced in the sky, effortlessly traversing the air between the Twin Towers via high wire and electrifying audiences around the world.

That feat, just one among many tightrope miracles Petit has created, inspired a Caldecott Medal-winning children’s book, an Oscar-winning documentary, a feature film and global admiration.

On the occasion of the reissuing of his out-of-print classic On the High Wire (New Directions), Petit discusses his death-defying art with fellow daredevil artist Elizabeth Streb, the choreographer, performer and MacArthur “Genius” Grant winner.

How do daring and transgressive acts redefine our sense of art and performance? How can artists’ airborne actions transform the ways we look at the buildings that anchored their ropes, the cities in which they appear and global issues of peace and conflict? Join these masters of extreme performance as they discuss virtuosity, daring and Petit’s boundary-shattering career.

The Greene Space is funded by you.

Make a monthly donation of $10 or more to support us and all the programs and podcasts you love from WNYC, WQXR, Gothamist and more!