Aerial rigging

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Short description: A specialized field of rigging that keeps circus performers safe while performing at height.

Aerial rigging is a specialty within the field of rigging that deals specifically with human loads. Aerial rigging is the process of setting up equipment used to make humans fly, specifically aerial circus and aerial dance equipment.[1]

Aerial rigging is commonly practiced to different degrees by specialty fabricators, professional riggers, professional aerial artists, as well as amateur aerial artists. Most aerial circus equipment is built by fabricators around the world that build equipment specifically for the circus industry.

Aerial artists, both professional and amateur, often become riggers out of necessity. They generally learn to rig what they need.

WLA (Weak Link Analysis) is the process of systematically analyzing aerial rigging for the weakest link or links in the system. WLA is the most common process used by aerial riggers to assess and improve rigging. However, it is not the only system used.

See also

  • Fly system, theatrical rigging


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  • Introduction to Rigging: Aerial Fabrics ISBN:978-1304764034
  • Rigging Math Made Simple ISBN:978-0615747798
  • Allard-Buffet, Véronique. The Accommodating Showman. Diss. Carleton University, 2012.
  • Brunsdale, Maureen, and Mark Schmitt. The Bloomington-Normal Circus Legacy: The Golden Age of Aerialists. The History Press, 2013.
  • Cossin, M. & Bergeron-Parenteau, A. & Ross, A., (2022) “Maximal dynamic forces exerted by acrobats on nine circus apparatuses”, Circus: Arts, Life, and Sciences 1(1). doi:

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