December 8, 2018
Piazza IV Novembre
For the second year in a row at Christmas time, the sky above Perugia – enlightened by many events related to the fairy tales most loved by children – hosted a crossing by Andrea Loreni. On Saturday 8 December at 5:00 pm the funambulist walked over Piazza IV Novembre on a 70-meter-long cable which climbed from the ground to the roof eaves of San Lorenzo’s Cathedral at a height of 30 meters. The 16-mm-thick cable was lit from below by LED lights to make the show even more impressive. At 6:00 pm, Andrea Loreni met his audience in the Sala dei Notari hall and everyone could see the great enthusiasm with which the Turinese funambulist was welcomed in the city; therefore Andrea organized a weekend tightrope workshop, on December 1 and 2, open to professionals and non-professionals.
June 19, 2018
On 19 June Andrea Loreni performed a tightrope crossing in Bagnoregio to inauguratethe second edition of Civita Cinema, the international festival that celebrates Cinema.
Theopening daywas entirely dedicated to Federico Fellini and his film La Strada, which had been shot in Bagnoregio in 1956. For that occasion Andrea Loreni walked across the voidin Piazza Cavour, the same square that the director had chosen to shoot the tight-rope scene of “il Matto” (played by Richard Basehart): a reenactment – according to the organizers of the festival – much desired by the inhabitants of the small village.
“I am honored to be able to take part in the celebration of one of the most important films in the history of Italian cinema” – says Loreni, Italian record-man after his 2011 250-meter-long and 90-meter-high crossing between the hills of Penna and Billi in Romagna – “and the opportunity to walk in the sky in this wonderful place is all the more moving for me“.
Some sequences of the film “Il sogno del Funambolo” – “the Tight-rope Walker’s Dream” – (10 min), directed by Ines von Bonhorst and Yuri Pirondi (The makkina) and produced by Panottica with the support of Siviglia, were shot in Bagnoregio.
December 10th 2017
For the first time Andrea Loreni walks over the Tiber River.
Its path develops on a 135 meter long and 14 mm thick cable linking the two banks of the river close to Ponte Sant’Angelo, suspended at a height of 20 meters.
The event, realized in partnership with TIM, was conceived by Peppe Casa, MArteLive’s artistic director, and is one of the main special projects of the BiennaleMArteLive 2017 – the cultural week in Rome and Lazio that from December 5th to 10th will bring on stage in over 50 different locations around 1000 artists.
Plus of the walk: a dream setting in one of the most evocative points of Rome.
The eternal city and its river with its costant flow do creat a perfect scenario for Andrea and for this unusual and extraordinary walk.
The suggestive value of a very particular spot of Rome has been amplified by the natural charm of the flowing Tiber, giving the event an enormous international visibility.
More than 500.000 people on the web and in newspapers around the world have been able to follow the walk and enjoy the thousands pf pictures shot during the walk. Video
8-9 December 2017
Piazza IV Novembre
The walk will be followed by a public meeting with the audience in the Sala dei Notari of the Palazzo dei Priori.
Back in the sky of the Umbrian capital, Andrea Loreni is ready to walk on a steel cable 110 meters long at 40 meters high, stretched between the bell tower of the Palazzo dei Priori and the Cathedral of San Lorenzo.
The occasion of this walk is given by the inauguration of the new public Led lighting system for the monuments of the historic center of Perugia.
It is still vivid the memory of the venture of the German tightrope walker Arturo Strohschneider who in 1911 surprised the small city with a walk on the void that at that time seemed to be a crazy action.
A century and 6 years later, Andrea Loreni will show the same courage and the flair for challenge. The magic of the funambolist will vibrate again in the Perugian skies. Video
29 October 2017
Spinning mill in Caraglio (CN)
Opening of the “Terra di seta” exhibition by Jérémi Gobé
To celebrate the inauguration of the exhibition TERRA DI SETA. 400.000 KILOMETERS FROM THE LUNA, the first solo exhibition of the French artist Jérémy Gobé, Andrea walked on a cable of steel with a diameter of 16 mm and 30 meters long, about 10 meters high between two windows of the Filatoio.
In the spaces of the Filatoio, the French artist installed 400,000 cocoons, thus creating a monument to silk, with the constant and silent work of the bugs and the precious secret they conceal. We know that the wire that forms a cocoon measures about 1000 meters; the artist has therefore staged, through the cocoons, 400,000 kilometers of silk thread, exactly those that represent the distance between the Earth and the Moon.
Andrea’s slow steps in delicate balance on the wire, metaphorically retrace this mythical distance between earth and moon, in a suspended and surreal movement aimed at amplifying its suggestion, amazement and enchantment.
May 20, 2017
European Night of Museums “Nessun dorma”. Watch the video
It was the highlight of the “Nessun dorma” – “No sleep” – White Night festival on Saturday, May 20: a spectacular and suggestive tightrope crossing by Andrea Loreni, who stretched a cable from the Unicredit Building to the Palazzo Comunale and waited until after midnight to walk through the sky above Piazza Grande.
Andrea Loreni walked on a 70-meter-long steel cable with a diameter of 16 mm and a slope going from zero to 12 meters in height.
The funambulist’s walk was enlivened by a reading of texts written by the inmates of Modena’s prison during a Tightrope-walking and Writing Workshop entitled “Suspended words”. The workshop had been held by Andrea and Francesca Frediani, writer and manager of La Grande Fabbrica delle Parole, from Monday 15 to Wednesday 17 May, in collaboration with the Teatro dei Venti. The detainees were invited by Andrea onto a tightrope, and by Francesca into a writing space, facing all together the fear of the void and discovering the – at first sight, impossible – path that the rope allows over the abyss. Writing helped to keep track of that experience’s authenticity. The text fragments created in the workshop got physically out of the prison and reached Piazza Grande, accompanying Andrea’s steps and demonstrating that we are all equally concerned when it comes to hanging in the balance.