Tightrope walking traditions in China and Armenia (photo)
Tightrope walking, also called funambulism, is the skill of walking along a thin wire or rope. It has a long tradition in various countries and is commonly associated with the circus. Tightrope performers used to wear the traditional costumes of the country and ethnic group they belonged to,. Folk music and dances were also a significant part of their performances. Some of them used wheelbarrows with passengers, ladders, and animals in their act. The technique to maintain balance is to keep the performer’s centre of mass above their support point—usually their feet.
The images below refer to the Armenian and Chinese folk performances and different artworks, regarding tightrope walking and its symbolism.