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How to Set Up an Aerial Rig

The days when music concerts were the only known form of entertainment are long gone. More live, interactive and exciting styles of entertainment have emerged, completely revolutionizing the entertainment industry. Among these performances is the aerial circus. Even though this act has been in existence from time immemorial, it remains a great addition to private parties, wedding ceremonies, corporate events, grand openings and many more. Most event organizers have realized the magic that an aerial circus brings to an event. Performed by one, two or a group of aerialists, this performance brings the wow factor to any event, raising it to the next level of spectacular.

If you are planning to host a private party soon, an aerial performance is definitely a valuable entertainment option to consider. It will keep your guests on their feet and turn your event into an unforgettable occurrence. But for you to achieve this, you have to do proper planning, which involves setting up an aerial rig. A high degree of professionalism is required when assembling the rig because any mishap can easily turn the performance into a fatal tragedy. Here are some of the considerations you ought to keep in mind when setting up a rig at your party.

How Much Weight?

Whether you are planning to present a single aerialist or a duo, the rig has to be strong enough not only to support the actor but also to support their weight when they are swinging around. It is often argued that your body weight is 4 or 5 times more when in motion. And so, an aerial rig should be at least 10 times stronger. Generally, an aerial rig should be able to support a dynamic load of 2,000 pounds and above.

Professional Set Up

Given the level of risk faced by aerialists during performance, you have to be extremely cautious and attentive when setting up a rig. That’s why it is always advisable to hire a professional who can help you with the setup process. Luckily, there are many experienced aerialists who can set up the rig for you. It is also wise to check with a qualified construction engineer so that they can clear any doubts you may have regarding the structure.

An expert is also required to help you with the ideas on how to hang the aerial silks, hoops, lyras, ropes, straps and trapezes. These components need to be completely strong and properly fitted to avoid accidents. Even though there are numerous grave dangers that go along with the aerial circus, they are significantly reduced when you seek professional advice. They understand every risk related to the sport, and therefore are in a better position to advise you on the preventative measures you need to take to avoid disasters.

Adequate Space

Where you set up your rig matters a lot. You need to create enough space for the rig so that all the necessary supporting components can be installed in their right angles and positions. This guarantees the safety of actors and guests. It is even more critical when you are setting up an indoor aerial rig. It should be created in such a way that it doesn’t interfere with the movement of your guests and at the same time ensure that all aerialists are safe and have enough space to perform freely.

At Firestorm Talent & Entertainment, we have a pool of experienced experts whose main specialty is to set up rigs for our aerial circuses. Therefore, all our rigs are always safe and we cover the legs with fabric to prevent floor damage. We also ensure that our teams have two or more experts for easy set up and tear down. If you are looking for a reputable entertainment company to help you set up an aerial rig for your event anywhere in America, talk to us today.


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