Dave Gillies - Juggler and Wire Walker (part 2)
In part 1 we heard how Dave evolved from teacher to juggler, and then discovered a love for wire walking over rivers.
His current passion is rigging and walking tightwires in beautiful places — from the Susquehanna River to Rapa Nui (Easter Island) — where sometimes the negotiation is as much of an adventure as the wire walking. He describes the seemingly impossible feat of rigging a tightwire with nothing but open water on one side, and how in Venice he stumbled on an eerily similar rigging system from 500 years ago.
Back home we hear how he came to live in a 9000 sq ft mansion (built by a shoe polish baron) central to the dynamic Philly circus arts community, musings on the rising participation in circus arts, and how to stay balanced as the years advance.
More about Dave’s Funicular Circus troupe, and the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts:
- Tightrope walkers will tempt the Susquehanna River at expanded Kipona Festival this year (PennLive 2016)
- Funicular Circus video (2018)
- Philadelphia School of Circus Arts
- West Mt. Airy church gets new life as circus school (Curbed Philadelphia, 2017)
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