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Rigging & Risk Management for Aerial Acrobatics, Circus, & Dance

Posted by: New England Center for Circus Arts
Posted on: Nov. 24, 2021
Category: Intensive/Workshop/Class
Type: In Person
Rigging & Risk Management for Aerial Acrobatics, Circus, & Dance - Circus Events - CircusTalk
Rigging & Risk Management for Aerial Acrobatics, Circus, & Dance

Session 1: Aerial Rigging Basics (January 20 – 21) will cover principles, theory, and practices for many typical scenarios (14 hours).

Session 2: Aerial Rigging Advanced Topics (January 22 – 23) will explore more complex issues and techniques, including specialized scenarios (14 hours).

Both Session 1: Aerial Rigging Basics (January 20 – 21) and Session 2: Aerial Rigging Advanced Topics (January 22 – 23) 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. Both sessions are intensive hands-on, participatory workshops focusing on principles and practices of rigging and risk management for circus, acrobatic, and aerial dance performance. Workshops are suitable for riggers, performers, coaches, studio/facility/theatre managers, and others involved in executing or overseeing aerial performance.

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, and 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 workshops are led by experienced aerial rigger and trainer Jonathan Deull. ETCP Renewal Credits are available for participants with ETCP certification.

January 20-21: Session 1 - Aerial Rigging Basics
12-9 pm daily with meal break

January 22-23: Session 2 - Aerial Rigging Advanced Topics
Saturday 10 am - 6 pm, Sunday 9 am - 5 pm with daily meal break

WHERE: NECCA Cotton Mill Studio
74 Cotton Mill Hill
Brattleboro VT 05301

COST: $395 each session
$770 to do both Session 1 and Session 2

AGES: 16 and up

Session 1: none
Session 2: requires prior participation in a basic level workshop or permission of the instructor.

Session 1:
Session 2:

INSTRUCTOR: JSD Productions (Jonathan Deull)
Jonathan S. Deull is deeply engaged in the study and practice of rigging for live entertainment, with a particular emphasis on aerial performer rigging for circus, aerial dance and theatre. He is an ETCP Certified Rigger (Theatre), and an ETCP Recognized Trainer. He serves as a voting member of the PLASA Rigging Working Group that formulates rigging standards for the entertainment industry, and as a Safety Consultant and member of the Safety Committee for the American Circus Educators Association, developing guidelines and protocols for aerial performance training programs and facilities. He has presented workshops on rigging and other subjects at LDI, USITT, AYCO and other industry gatherings and serves as Executive Vice President of Clark Transfer, the theatrical transportation and logistics company started by his grandfather.
Date: Jan. 20, 2022 -
Jan. 23, 2022

Timezone: (UTC-5) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Online event URL:
Location: NECCA
Brattleboro, VT 05301
74 Cotton Mill Hill
United States

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