Didier Pasquette

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Didier Pasquette's high wire walk in Glasgow, July 22, 2007.
Photographer: Grant Gibson

Didier Pasquette is a noted French tightrope walker.

Pasquette studied with Philippe Petit (famous for his high wire walk between the former Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York in 1974) and in 1989 received his diploma from the Centre National des Arts du Cirque in Châlons-en-Champagne. He also studied Chinese acrobatics in Nanchang.

For six years, he performed in partnership with Jade Kindar-Martin in theatrical high wire acts for Camion Funambule. Pasquette and Kindar-Martin also became known for their dramatic skywalks.

Notable walks[edit]

  • 2001 – Pasquette successfully walked a high wire from the Rosenborg Drill Ground in Copenhagen to the highest tower of Rosenborg Castle. The only previous attempt was in 1827 when Dutch tightrope acrobat Christian Roat was killed after the wire collapsed.
  • 2007 – Pasquette performed a high wire walk at the Red Road flat complex in Glasgow between three tower blocks 53 metres apart and 100 metres above the ground. Film of the attempt was incorporated into High Wire, a multi-screen film and video installation by Catherine Yass for the 2008 Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Visual Arts.
  • 2010 – On September 23, 2010, at 6:30 p.m., Pasquette successfully walked a 150-foot wire tied between two replicas of the Statue of Liberty atop the 23-story Liberty Building in Buffalo, New York. The feat took about three minutes. Pasquette twice stopped during his walk to wave to the crowd. Pasquette lifted his right leg and waved his cap the first time. The second time, he went to a knee and waved his cap again from side to side. The weather was approximately 70 degrees Fahrenheit with a slight breeze.

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