Rigging & Risk Management for Aerial Acrobatics, Circus & Dance

Rigging & Risk Management for Aerial Acrobatics, Circus & Dance
Session 1: Aerial Rigging Basics
Session 2: Advanced Topics

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

Both levels 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, 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)

Instructor: 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.


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