King of the Highwire Nik Wallenda and his sister, Lijana, seventh-generation members of the Wallenda household circus troupe, will return to the highwire for a never-before-attempted stroll of roughly 1,300 toes lengthy and 25 tales above road degree, throughout New York Metropolis’s iconic Instances Sq., stay on SUNDAY, JUNE 23 at 8pm on ABC50.
Highwire Dwell in Instances Sq. with Nik Wallenda will air as a stay two-hour televised occasion. The stroll marks Lijana Wallenda’s first highwire stroll because the 2017 accident the place she, together with 4 others, tragically fell 30 toes off a tightrope throughout a rehearsal.
The 1,300-foot-long stroll will happen 25 tales excessive between the famed 1 Instances Sq. and a couple of Instances Sq.. Nik and Lijana will begin from reverse ends of the wire, meet and cross in the midst of Instances Sq., then proceed to complete reverse of the place they began. The must-see stay occasion may also function video footage of the Wallendas’ historical past, preparation and unique interviews.
“It is exhausting sufficient crossing Instances Sq. on the bottom, strive it 25 tales up,” stated Karey Burke, president, ABC Leisure. “ABC is the vacation spot for large stay occasions that grow to be cultural moments and Nik and Lijana will certainly create one as they full this never-before-attempted stroll.”
“In 1928, my household carried out at Madison Sq. Backyard within the Metropolis of Desires for the primary time within the USA,” stated Nik Wallenda. “And on June 23, I’ve the nice alternative to satisfy a lifelong dream of my very own by paying homage to that efficiency as we return for my most exhilarating feat but. I’m past excited to have the ability to stroll with my sister, Lijana, as she overcomes near-death accidents and continues the Wallenda custom of by no means giving up!”
Nik Wallenda is the seventh-generation of the Nice Wallendas who hint their roots again over 200 years to the Austro-Hungarian empire. For Nik, each stroll is an expression of honor to his nice grandfather, the legendary Karl Wallenda who introduced the Wallendas to America from Germany to carry out in The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Nik’s earlier stay televised occasions embody two massively profitable tv occasions: strolling throughout Niagara Falls in June 2012 and the Grand Canyon in June 2013. He holds 10 Guinness World Data.
Lijana Wallenda was one in all 5 performers who fell off a highwire tightrope whereas trying an eight-person pyramid stunt throughout a Circus Sarasota rehearsal in 2017. Lijana was severely injured and has been recovering ever since. The Instances Sq. stroll would be the first time she’s gotten again on the tightrope for a efficiency since her accident.