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6th Jul, 2022

Wire walker heads for heights at Compton Verney

A WIRE walker will be among the highlights of a summer programme at Compton Verney.

Chris Bullzini, who is one of only a handful of people from across the world who can claim the title of a funambulist – a 19th century term for a high wire walker – will be displaying his skills in a show at the country house art gallery from Friday to Sunday (July 16 to 18).

Chris, who has performed at events and venues across the globe, is the star of a documentary – Life on the Wire – which is soon to be broadcast on the BBC.

The new show, Caelum et Terram – Mother Earth and Father Sky – co-produced by Remarkable Productions, the Coventry City of Culture Trust and Compton Verney Art Gallery and park, will see Chris traverse the Upper Lake in the park on a 100-metre wire.

It also includes performances from aerialist Eloise Currie, fire performances from Flame Oz, plus pyrotechnics and live music.Gallery director Julie Finch said: “We are thrilled to be hosting this unique event in our stunning ‘Capability’ Brown park. We’ve worked closely with the Coventry team to develop a show that showcases the spectacular backdrop of our house and grounds. We are absolutely delighted to have this opportunity to work with Coventry City of Culture Trust on the launch event for their ‘Summer of Surprises’.”

Wire-walker Chris added: “After an introspective year spent training my craft, I’m excited to return to the skies above a live audience, pushing boundaries of large-scale circus at its finest, we bring you Caelum et Terrum – or Earth and Sky – on a 100-metre wire above your heads.”

Tickets for the event, which is part of Coventry 2021’s Summer of Surprises, are £8 and available from the website.

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