David Dimitri is internationally acclaimed for his unique style of tight wire dancing. Combining an education at the State Academy for Circus Arts in Budapest with intensive dance studies at New York’s renowned Julliard School, David Dimitri has created virtuoso wire dances celebrated at circuses, arts festivals, and concert halls throughout the world – Canada’s Cirque du Soleil, New York’s Big Apple Circus, the Swiss National Circus Knie, Broadway’s New Victory Theater, and the Metropolitan Opera under the direction of Jean-Pierre Ponelle, to name a few. In 2001 David Dimitri’s performing career took on an added dimension. With the invaluable assistance of his father, the famed Swiss clown Dimitri, he created his one man show “L’homme cirque,” a sparkling presentation of Nouveau Cirque, both intimate and compelling, performed in a touring circus tent designed and built for the production. David Dimitri has been a guest artist at such prominent festivals as Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina; Lincoln Center Festival New York; Just pour Rire, Montreal, Jeux de Piste, Strasbourg, and the Avignon Festival. David Dimitri has also performed on Broadway, at the New Victory Theater. In addition, he is never far from the high wire – most memorably when he christened the new Frankfurter Waldstadium with a spectacular crossing. David Dimitri is in the early planning stages for an extraordinary high wire walk, crossing the entire city of Salzburg, Austria.
David Dimitri has been walking the High Wirer in cities all over the world, from Cairo to New York City, from Hong Kong to Mexico City. He is known for carefully choosing the right crossing location and setting. David Dimitri is not on the outlook for the most daring crossing, instead he puts the artistic value and poesy first.
Spectacular crossings like the crossing above the city of Pilsen (Czech Republic) or the High Wire installation in collaboration with Calder/Miro exhibition at the Beyeler Museum in Basel, Switzerland have brought him world wide recognition.
The man – “avec un talent fou” (“the talent of a mad man,” – Maurice Béjart) – attempts to demonstrate the most daring of all circus performances. “L’HOMME CIRQUE”, the title of the show, is an innovative combination of acrobatics, music and dance, performed by David Dimitri the “Lord of the Wire” (New York Times).
Everything the audience sees is real. Several of his stunts are incredibly daring and could go wrong at any time, putting this Circus Man in some very precarious situations. But he is wonderfully skilled and manages to prevail, time and again.
The show is at times poetic, sometimes hilariously funny, but most of all, incredibly gripping. You’ll have a difficult time containing your nerves when David Dimitri performs the Human Canon Ball act, catapulting himself from one end of the big top circus tent to the other, propelled by his self-made human canon.
Then, he gets up quietly on his inclined high wire and leaves the tent, balancing on a thin cable, exiting through the roof of the big top. He keeps walking higher and higher into the sky….
L’HOMME CIRQUE was created in 2007. It has been touring in North Carolina, Holland, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Slovenia and most extensively in France.
The FUNAMBOLO is a sophisticated balance trainer which was developed by David Dimitri as a training device to prepare for his extreme high wire performances.
It helps to optimize his motoric reaction time as well as the ability of quickly reaching the state of mind of perfect balance.
Training with the FUNAMBOLO also helps find ones inner balance.
To connect with David Dimitri, you can use the contact form or just write an email to the address below.
P.O. Box 652, 8024 Zürich, Switzerland
Phone Switzerland: +41 793 464 874 Phone France: +33 650 196 781
If you have a particular request or question, or just like to say hello, David Dimitri is a very open guy and always happy to hear from you. So, please don’t hesitate in contacting him directly.