Rigging and Risk Management for Aerial Acrobatics, Circus and Dance: Aerial Rigging Basics


Both Session 1:Aerial Rigging Basics and Session 2:Advanced Topics will feature practical demonstrations using computerized load-cell technology, and will provide access to an array of skills and techniques for safe and effective performance rigging.

Topics to be explored include:

  • dynamic loads and forces (including shock loads with live performance demonstrations)
  • strength and properties of materials and hardware (including destructive testing)
  • design factors and determination of allowable loads,
  • use of non-rated and invented apparatus (including bungee)
  • risk assessment and risk management
  • inspection and retirement protocols
  • emergency planning
  • manual performance rigging techniques using mechanical advantage and counterweight
  • touring considerations
  • rigging math

While we will touch on the basic principles underlying automated performer rigging systems, this is not an automation class and will not deal in any depth with specific systems, design, or operational considerations. The workshop will also address the provisions of the American National Standards for Performer Flying (ANSI E-1.43 2015)

The workshop is led by experienced aerial rigger and trainer Jonathan Deull. ETCP Renewal Credits are available for participants with ETCP certification.


Session 1: Aerial Rigging Basics
Aerial Rigging Basics will cover principles, theory and practices for many typical scenarios (14 hours). This intensive hands-on, participatory workshop will focus on principles and practices of rigging and risk management for circus, acrobatic, and aerial dance performance. It is suitable for riggers, performers, coaches, studio/facility/theatre managers, and others involved in executing or overseeing aerial performance.


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