2021 Technical Symposium
October 5th to 7th online
Book your place via Eventbrite
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
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.
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.
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