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High wire : risk and the art of tightrope walking

Auteurs : Myrvold, Paul (Auteur)

Éditeur : San Jose State University - Faculty of the Department of Theatre Arts

Date de publication : 1998

Langue : Anglais

Notes : Bibliogr. : p. 163 - 166.

Sujets :
Funambulisme - Histoire
Funambulisme - Philosophie et théorie
Funambulisme - Aspect psychologique
Arts du cirque - Prise de risque
Funambules - Biographies
Blondin, Charles [funambule]
Petit, Philippe [funambule]
Cochrane, Jay [funambule]
Wallenda [famille de cirque]

Dépouillement du document :
The spectrum of risk
The literature of risk and high wire
The art of high wire walking
Man in black / Man in white
Jay Cochrane's Yangtze River skywalk
Disaster in Detroit
First steps on the wire
Joy and the consequence of failure

Appendices:
Jay Cochrane interview : february 25, 1997
Philippe Petit interview : march 15, 1997

Résumé :
This work examines the notion of physical risk as it pertains to performance. Because the act of walking the high wire has become a metaphor for dangerous action as well as as performance skill, this thesis uses it as the standard by which all risk-laden performance can be evaluated. Theories of risk from the fields of commerce, engineering, psychology, and sociology are reviewed as well as the history and practice of wire walking. Specific performances of Philippe Petit, Jay Cochrane, the Wallenda Family, and the author are analyzed in search of the components that shape risk into an aesthetic element of art and the methods used by performers to control it.
This thesis also contains complete, unpublished interviews with Philippe Petit and Jay Cochrane as appendices. The final chapter contains theoretic conclusions applicable not only to high wire walking, but to any performance that courts physical injury or death. [author summary]

Collection : Bibliothèque de l'École nationale de cirque

Localisation : Bibliothèque

Cote : 791.360 9 M9984h 1998

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