Dangling for Greece: Aerial Dancer Promotes Key Landmarks

Aerial Dancer Katerina Soldatou performes suspended from the Rio-Antirrio bridge in southern Greece, on Monday, March 12, 2018. Soldatou says her performances, in which she dangles from high spots by billowing fabric strips _ with a safety-rope for backup _ are meant to showcase financially struggling Greece's iconic landmarks. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

RIO-ANTIRRIO BRIDGE, Greece (AP) — Dangling by a pair of billowing lengths of white fabric from one of Greece’s largest bridges, dizzying aerial dancer Katerina Soldatou has a message for the world.

Her gravity-defying performance Monday above the blue waters of the Gulf of Patras, which separates the southern Peloponnese peninsula to central mainland Greece, is meant to draw attention to the financially struggling, tourism-reliant country’s iconic landmarks, man-made and natural.

It was part of a string of performances she has given suspended by long fabric strips from bridges, cliffs and gorges under the title “Greece has Soul.”

The 2.2-kilometer (1.4-mile) multi-span cable-stayed bridge was completed in August 2004 — days before the Athens Summer Olympics — and is one of the world’s longest.

Aerial Dancer Katerina Soldatou performs suspended inside a hollow pylon supporting the Rio-Antirrio bridge in southern Greece, on Monday, March 12, 2018. Soldatou says her performances, in which she dangles from high spots by billowing fabric strips _ with a safety-rope for backup _ are meant to showcase financially struggling Greece’s iconic landmarks. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
The shadow of aerial dancer Katerina Soldatou is seen as she performs suspended inside a hollow pylon supporting the Rio-Antirrio bridge in southern Greece, on Monday, March 12, 2018. Soldatou says her performances, in which she dangles from high spots by billowing fabric strips _ with a safety-rope for backup _ are meant to showcase financially struggling Greece’s iconic landmarks. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Aerial Dancer Katerina Soldatou performs suspended inside a hollow pylon supporting the Rio-Antirrio bridge in southern Greece, on Monday, March 12, 2018. Soldatou says her performances, in which she dangles from high spots by billowing fabric strips _ with a safety-rope for backup _ are meant to showcase financially struggling Greece’s iconic landmarks. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Aerial Dancer Katerina Soldatou performs suspended inside a hollow pylon supporting the Rio-Antirrio bridge in southern Greece, on Monday, March 12, 2018. Soldatou says her performances, in which she dangles from high spots by billowing fabric strips _ with a safety-rope for backup _ are meant to showcase financially struggling Greece’s iconic landmarks. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Aerial Dancer Katerina Soldatou concentrates before performing suspended inside a hollow pylon supporting the Rio-Antirrio bridge in southern Greece, on Monday, March 12, 2018. Soldatou says her performances, in which she dangles from high spots by billowing fabric strips _ with a safety-rope for backup _ are meant to showcase financially struggling Greece’s iconic landmarks. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Aerial Dancer Katerina Soldatou climbs back up after performing suspended from the Rio-Antirrio bridge in southern Greece, on Monday, March 12, 2018. Soldatou says her performances, in which she dangles from high spots by billowing fabric strips _ with a safety-rope for backup _ are meant to showcase financially struggling Greece’s iconic landmarks. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Aerial Dancer Katerina Soldatou prepares to perform suspended from the Rio-Antirrio bridge in southern Greece, on Monday, March 12, 2018. Soldatou says her performances, in which she dangles from high spots by billowing fabric strips _ with a safety-rope for backup _ are meant to showcase financially struggling Greece’s iconic landmarks. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Aerial Dancer Katerina Soldatou prepares to perform suspended from the Rio-Antirrio bridge in southern Greece, on Monday, March 12, 2018. Soldatou says her performances, in which she dangles from high spots by billowing fabric strips _ with a safety-rope for backup _ are meant to showcase financially struggling Greece’s iconic landmarks. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Aerial Dancer Katerina Soldatou performes suspended from the Rio-Antirrio bridge in southern Greece, on Monday, March 12, 2018. Soldatou says her performances, in which she dangles from high spots by billowing fabric strips _ with a safety-rope for backup _ are meant to showcase financially struggling Greece’s iconic landmarks. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)