Tightwire is the skill of maintaining balance while walking along a
tensioned wire between two points. It can be done either using a balancing
tool (umbrella, fan, balance pole, etc.) or "freehand", using only one's body
to maintain balance. Typically, tightwire performances either include dance or
object manipulation, which include a variety of props, such as clubs, rings,
hats, or canes.
Dressed in Yellow with blue highlights and a tuft of features French import
Pasqualina makes walking the tightrope something of a mini-ballet. After a few
hair-raising maneuvers in traditional soft-shoe with a myriad of objects (from
hoops to umbrellas), she changes to balletic pointe shoes and picks her way across
the wire on her toes in what must surely be a one-of-a-kind performance.
[NOTE: Pasqualina was later replaced by Nicky Dewhurst in late 1989 and in 1990.]