Tissu, also known as silk, is a circus apparatus from which the performer does death-defying drops, contortions and maneuvers while wrapped in two pieces of fabric, suspended high in the air. This graceful performance is generally executed at heights of 18′ – 32′.
Hoop, also known as cerceau or lyra, is another wonderful circus apparatus in which the performer makes beautiful maneuvers and shapes on a large metal ring suspended in the air. Hoop is unique because it allows the performer to take flight by swinging, spinning, and orbiting during an act, adding a great dynamic to the performance. This apparatus is also great when tissu-sized ceiling height is not available. Aerial hoop is generally performed at a minimal ceiling height of 12′.
Trapeze is a metal bar suspended in the air by two ropes. Many of the moves are similar to hoop, but are generally done without swinging or spinning. Moves are done above and below the bar with the ropes allowing the artist to perform unique and creative tricks as well. Static trapeze is generally performed at a minimal ceiling height of 15′.
The Spanish web is a braided rope that has been covered with a soft cotton sleeve (a “web”) and suspended from ceiling to floor. Toward the top of the Spanish web, a small loop is attached to the main rope through which a performer will secure an ankle or wrist and be able to hang freely. While in this position, the performer can do different tricks using the loop. The main attraction of Spanish web comes when another performer, standing below, starts spinning the rope in large arcs around the aerial performer’s body, gradually increasing the speed of the spin until enough centrifugal force is created to lift the aerialist’s body into a near-horizontal position. This powerhouse performance is generally executed at heights of 20′ – 30′.
Two chains, suspended from ceiling to the ground allow the aerialist to climb, and perform daring drops, maneuvers, and tricks. This act combines beauty and strength, and is generally executed at height of 18′ – 20′.
Hammock is a fabric that forms a cocoon around the performers body creating beautiful shapes inside, and fantastic tricks outside of the apparatus. This ambient and tranquil apparatus is generally performed at a minimum ceiling height of 15′.
Stilt walkers can add a fun and unique element to any event or occasion by greeting guests, passing out gift bags or promotional materials, and posing for photos. Stilt performers are especially great for parties or events with themes, because of the variety of exciting costume possibilities.
This elegant and enticing dance is performed with large feather fans. It is flirtatious and intriguing as the performer manipulates the feather fans in a delicate and graceful manor. This tantalizing act generally requires a minimum floor space of 6′ in diameter.
Our company is equipped with professional gear for events and venues of all sizes. When hanging equipment we look for a strong point on the ceiling such as a foundation I-beam that we can hang our gear from. Hanging from a theater/stage grid is also preferable, or even using box trussing to secure our gear to is always an option. We have professional aerial riggers that can visit the event location, if needed, prior to a performance to determine the best way to set up our equipment.
For events held outdoors, or if the venue ceiling cannot support aerial acts, we have access to a free standing portable aerial rig. It is adjustable in height to the following sizes:
|Height||Floor space needed|
|9’6″||8′ x 13′|
|11’3″||9′ x 15′|
|15′||12′ x 18′|
|16’7″||14′ x 17′|
|20’3″||16′ x 22′|
|21’5″||18′ x 23′|
|25’7″||21′ x 26′|