American cellist, Charlotte Moorman, whose unconventional concerts have intrigued Australian audiences, has capped her tour with an unusual aerial performance at the Sydney Opera House.
SV Charlotte Moorman with cello
SV Helium-filled balloons TILT DOWN TO Harness being secured
SV Harness being secured to Miss. Moorman
GV. Watching crowd
Miss. Moorman floats slowly upwards
GV & SV Miss. Moorman plays cello in air (2 shots)
GV Miss. Moorman floating with balloons (2 shots)
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Background: American cellist, Charlotte Moorman, whose unconventional concerts have intrigued Australian audiences, has capped her tour with an unusual aerial performance at the Sydney Opera House.
Miss. Moorman was secured in a parachute harness and suspended by 18 helium-filled balloons 50 feet (15 metres) above the Opera House steps and from there played "Up, up and away" to a crowd of 2,000 bemused spectators.
Three men controlled her "flight" with guy ropes as she wafted to and fro over the crowd. She was dressed in black leotards, a white satin cape and a white, feathered head-dress supposed to symbolise the Opera House roof "sails".
Just before she came down, the cellist was joined in her performance by some seagulls which apparently took her contraption for a nesting place.
Miss. Moorman, who was touring Australia as part of celebrations marking the American bi-centenary year, had earlier performed in the nude at the Festival of Arts in Adelaide.