Rigging for aerialists. 4/6, 1:15-3:15pm. 14 & up
April 6th, 2024.
1:15 to 3:15

In this workshop participants will gain an understanding of what to look for and what to avoid in regard to aerial rigging. A must have safety course for those hoping to perform and all who want to take responsibility for their own safety

Open to everyone, including instructors, students, parents of students, theater and arena riggers who are more frequently being asked to suspend aerialists, and anyone who feels like attending.

We will cover rigging with round slings, typical hardware, what to look for when purchasing aerial equipment and free-standing rigs, and general terms / concepts such as breaking strength, working load limit, and shock load.

Participants should leave the workshop armed with questions to keep in mind when entering aerial studios and performance situations, and the ability to run a rudimentary risk assessment for themselves.

This workshop will partially be guided by questions from participants.

Other topics may include:
mechanical advantage systems - the pros and cons, when to use them
how rigging decisions are made - one-size does not fit all and why that might be
rigging from wood beams v steel beams v open web steel joists v free-standing aerial rigs, and the various hardware for each
when to walk away
how to inspect your equipment, and record keeping
frequently used tie-offs / knots / hitches
various ways to rig silks, hammocks/slings, trapezes, straps, lyras
and more
**This workshop will not be able to cover all rigging scenarios nor is it a certification course.


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