October 5th to 7th online

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Tuesday 5th October

  • 10 am - Rigging in the Entertainment Industry Course - Chris Higgs: Total Training
  • 12 pm - What role should digital learning play in circus? - Mark Gibson, Vee Smith
  • 2 pm - Load monitoring - Ilan Bahar: Eilon Engineering
  • 4 pm - Open Discussion Session for Scottish artists, schools, and venues
    Rigging & Safety: What do Scottish artists, schools, and venues need?

Wednesday 6th October

  • 10 am - Rigging Structures: Truss Engineering - Ian Hall: Total Solutions
  • 12 pm - Flying into physics - Soren Nielson, Phoebe Knight: Scarabeus
  • 2 pm - Rigging Structures: Stand-alone rigs - Nick Calvert: Firetoys
  • 4 pm - Maximal dynamic forces in 10 circus disciplines: aerial hoop, rope, aerial silk, flying pole, tightwire, Chinese pole, Korean teeterboard, swinging trapeze, and solo and duo fixed trapeze - Marion Cossin

Thursday 7th October

  • 10 am - The new LineScale 3 - Andy Riedrich: LineGrip
  • 12 pm - Arcadia: Metamorphosis - Wim Penhaul
  • 2 pm - Creative Rigging with No Fit State - Lyndall Merry
  • 4 pm - Stunt Rigging for Circus Shows - Brett Copes

This event will be streamed live on Youtube we'll send out the links to the emails who have booked on the day.

Those who book the event in advance will have access to the recordings after the event

Bookings are via Eventbrite

Session Descriptions

Rigging in the Entertainment Industry Course

Presenter: Chris Higgs, Total Training

Time: Tuesday, October 5th, 10 am BST

Chris Higgs presents an overview of the course Rigging in the entertainment industry. He covers its history and purpose and shows how that applies to circus rigging. This session goes into the purpose of the course as well as what it does not cover in relation to acrobatic rigging.

What is the role of digital learning in circus?

Presenters: Mark Gibson, Vee Smith

Time: Tuesday, October 5th, 12 pm BST

Mark Gibson and Vee Smith look at digital learning, such as YouTube, Instagram in circus and discuss what is currently popular, and how the pandemic has shifted views on safety using self-paced learning for circus arts and rigging.  They will then discuss ways to help ensure the best practices for safety.

Load Monitoring

Presenter: Ilan Bahar, Eilon Engineering

Time: Tuesday, October 5th, 2 pm BST

Ilan Bahar from Eilon Engineering presents a general explanation about load cells including the basics,  types, properties,  the importance and benefits of use,  as well as how and where to use them.

Open Discussion Scottish Artists, Venues, Companies & Training Spaces

Presenters: Panel with audience questions

Time: Tuesday, October 5th, 4 pm BST

Open discussion the panel will take questions from the YouTube audience about the Scottish circus sector needs in technically enabling circus and in keeping people safe

Truss Engineering - To Swing or Not to Swing

Presenters: Ian Hall, Total Solutions

Time: Wednesday, October 6th, 10 am BST

Ian Hall from Total Solutions takes us through designing and using standard modular truss components in structures for aerial artists from the point of view of the manufacturer​. He'll cover popular requests and a sample project.

Flying into Physics

Presenters: Soren Nielson, Phoebe Knight: Scarabeus

Time: Wednesday, October 6th, 12 pm BST

Soren Nielson & Phoebe Knight show us the work Scarabeus has been doing using circus rigging to teach school children about physics.

Rigging Structures: Stand-alone rigs

Presenters: Nick Calvert: Firetoys

Time: Wednesday, October 6th, 2 pm BST

Nick Calvert takes us through what it takes to bring a rigging structure to market for Firetoys.  He shows what iterative testing processes and what factors of safety are taken into account as part of this process

Maximal dynamic forces in 10 circus disciplines: aerial hoop, rope, aerial silk, flying pole, tightwire, Chinese pole, Korean teeterboard, swinging trapeze, and solo and duo fixed trapeze.

Presenters: Marion Cossin

Time: Wednesday, October 6th, 4 pm BST

The session is designed for riggers, trainers, acrobats, academics, or anyone interested in learning about maximal forces exerted by circus acrobats on the apparatus. The purpose of this study was to measure the tension or compression force between the apparatus and the rigging equipment of ten circus disciplines: aerial hoop, rope, aerial silk, flying pole, tightwire, Chinese pole, Korean teeterboard, swinging trapeze, and solo and duo fixed trapeze. The forces generated by different acrobatic movements were measured for 38 acrobats, representing a total of 894 recorded trials. Only maximal forces will be presented during the session. Further analysis will be published soon.

The new LineScale 3 Loadcell

Presenters: Andy Riedrich: LineGrip

Time: Thursday, October 7th, 10 am BST

Andy Riedrich from LineGrip, the slackline rigging company, will introduce us to the LineScale 3 their newest loadcell.

Arcadia: Metamorphosis

Presenters: Wim Penhaul

Time: Thursday, October 7th, 12 pm BST

Wim Penhaul is showing us the Arcadia Metamorphosis creative process presenting what he went through with the rest of the Arcadia team to create the iconic spiders and the performances. If you are not familiar with this show then I urge you to google it beforehand!

Creative Rigging with No Fit State

Presenters: Lyndall Merry

Time: Thursday, October 7th, 2 pm BST

Lyndall Merry, Head Rigger for No Fit State takes us through his creative rigging process using examples from two hugely successful No Fit State shows

Stunt Rigging for Circus Shows

Presenters: Brett Copes

Time: Thursday, October 7th, 4 pm BST

Brett Copes, circus and stunt rigger, has created a session just for us on how to implement stunt rigging within circus shows. If you want to find out how to do this yourself make sure you don't miss this one.

In partnership with Articulation

Funded by Creative Scotland