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Orbiting …

My work to-date on flyweight chains has used two rigging points that are very specifically oriented. But sometimes there is a problem: the venue just can’t be rigged that way. It might only have a single point, or the points that it does have are oriented the wrong way in relation to the audience.

Enter the solution: a rotating spreader bar, that attaches to a pulley on either end, and that can be rigged from just a single point. Added bonus: the whole unit can spin – the aerialist and the chains orbit one another, making a whole new dimensioload testing Steel and Tuben of movement possible!

Luckily for me, I’ve got some expert help on hand. Jez Weston and Patrick Herd put their engineering-heads together, and calculated the size of steel bar that we’d need to withstand the forces; Patrick designed and constructed the bar and attachment points, and Carl at Steel and Tube load-tested it the whole rig, with the bar, pulleys, and cables.

It took some getting used to the new movement, but overall, most choreography has turned out to be transferable. I performed the new piece, at ‘The Life You’ve Imagined’ in Wellington on 23 June, in a venue that was previously impossible to rig as I had wanted.

Video and pics below. Enjoy!

'Orbit' photos July 2012

Many thanks to Ewen McNeill for the photos, and Patrick Herd for the video.

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