Tightrope walker stuns Parisians with high-wire feat
Tatiana-Mosio Bongonga walked on rope suspended 35 metres above city's Montmartre district
French tightrope artist Tatiana-Mosio Bongonga impressed hundreds of Parisians on Saturday with a performance that featured a walk on a rope 35 metres above the ground in the city's hilly Montmartre district.
Bongonga, 34, walked on a wire suspended by a crane at the base of the hill's steps towards the Sacré Coeur basilica, accompanied by a chamber orchestra and without any security equipment, a gesture many in the audience found nerve-wracking.
"It's very surprising and very dangerous. It really impressed me, actually. I noticed that she was not secured. There was a lot of acrobatics. I had a really good time," said spectator Jennifer Mandelbaum.
Acrobats practising tightrope walking, also called funambulism, maintain their balance by positioning their centre of mass directly over their base of support, a rope or a wire.
Bongonga, who prepared for the show for a year, has been practising tightrope walking since she was eight.