Philippe Petit

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Philippe Petit


35 minute available May 15 thru May 31 - 60 minute available this June

To prepare for his high wire walks around the globe – more than 80 of them so far — Philippe Petit has practiced almost daily for the last 55 years.  His newest performance, OPEN PRACTICE, is a rare opportunity to peer into the fascinating backstage world of a unique master. Petit’s most notable adventure was his illegal walk between the Twin Towers, a caper recounted in his book To Reach the Clouds, on which the 2009 Academy Award-winning documentary Man On Wire was basedOPEN PRACTICE gives audiences front row seats to observe Petit’s creative process and the origins of many of his unique walks and moves on the wire.  Beautifully shot in the majestic Ulster Performing Arts Center, the show leaves audiences marveling at Petit’s mastery of his art, enchanted by anecdotes from his life and intrigued by his thoughts on  creativity, risk, and what he calls “cheating the impossible.”

The author of eight published books (most translated into multiple languages), Philippe is currently writing his autobiography. He gives lectures on creativity and other topics to audiences all over the world, directs plays, performs a one man show, and gives master classes on tight rope walking. He continues to perform on the wire. Among his dream projects is a walk on an inclined cable on Easter Island amid the giant sacred stone Moai and another between the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Twelve people have walked on the moon, but only one has walked a wire between the Twin Towers.

Available Formats: 
– Virtual Mainstage Performance (60 minutes)
– Virtual School time & Family Matinee (35 minutes)

Note that our market is limited contractually to NY’s Hudson Valley. 

Photo Credit: Raimi Fasula-Moore

Bardavon Presents has announced that due to the Delta variant and the recent increase in new Covid cases, all audiences at Bardavon and UPAC must be fully vaccinated and wear masks at all times. Ticket holders must show proof of vaccination and government issued ID on show days. This policy will remain in effect until further notice and is subject to change based on CDC guidelines.





Purchase your tickets in person at the Bardavon Box Office, 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072 and the UPAC Box Office, 601 Broadway Kingston, 845.339.6088 or email

To purchase tickets online 24 hours a day go to (fees will apply).

Date & Time

Saturday, May 15 2021
10:00 am


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Please fill out the form and you will receive an email with instructions regarding this free virtual performance within 72 hours prior to the performance. If you have any additional questions email Adelina at - Thank You!