The Dynamic Silks Duo

The Dynamic Silks Duo
Location Bristol
Starting from £540.00
1 reviews
Location Bristol
Starting from £540.00
Read 1 reviews

Oozing charisma from every pore, Goldie and Dusty will knock your socks off whilst your toes keep tapping to the beat. 

This highly dynamic silks act combines amazing aerial skills with fabulous characterisation, a riot of golden colour and fantastically up-tempo music. 

Best as a duet but can be booked as a solo.

The Dynamic Silks Duo

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Oozing charisma from every pore, Goldie and Dusty will knock your socks off whilst your toes keep tapping to the beat.

This highly dynamic silks act combines amazing aerial skills with fabulous characterisation, a riot of golden colour and fantastically up-tempo music.

Best as a duet but can be booked as a solo.

Act suitable for:

  • Indoor & outdoor events (subject to rigging requirements - SEE FAQs)
  • All age audiences

Technical details:

  • Need warm, dry, secure dressing room
  • 2 sets of silks to be rigged min 4m apart. Minimum working height for this act is 6m. Floor area of min 3m to be clear around and under each silk
  • For more detailed technical specifications, see separate FAQs

Length of act:

  • 7 mins (performers can do character walkabout for up to 20 mins before the main aerial show)
  • This aerial act can be performed up to 3 times in a day if adequate recovery time is allowed between performances
, Festival, Cumbria
5/5

Loved the performances – the aerialists were fabulous… everyone was just commenting this morning how fantastic the entertainment was.


Prior to booking - FAQs
To ensure all safety elements have been considered there are some basic technical requirements that need to be considered before a confirmed booking is made. It is also advisable to consider all aspects of the space to maximise the impact of an aerial performance.

General
You will need a rigging point to hang the aerial equipment from.

A rigging point up to 10 metres is usually straight forward - higher than 10 metres is fine but may require extra set up time. Rigging in spaces higher than 10 metres may require additional trussing and cables.

Access to the rig point will need to be pre-arranged with the client/venue prior to contracting. This could be a ladder, an aerial walkway, or require the use of a cherry picker or some clever climbing equipment.

How high is the potential rigging point?
A rigging point up to 10 metres is usually pretty straight forward. Rigging in spaces higher than 10 metres may require additional trussing and cables, and extra rig time.

What is the performance area?
It is helpful for us to have a copy of accurate plans/photos of the space to assess where is best to rig, and how to maximise the impact of the performance in the space. Many standard building plans do not include distances from the ground so you may need to find these out through consulting the original architectural plans or by measuring the space.

Where is the potential rigging point in relation to the space?
To maximise the impact of aerial performance it is preferable to have the rig points centre stage or placed symmetrically around centre stage for multiple performers. It is inadvisable to have aerial equipment rigged close to where the public will be situated - i.e. dinner tables, busy walkways.

What is the potential rigging point?
Riggable points can include: steel beams/girders, trussing, large wooden beams, industrial anchor points, sturdy tree branches, cranes. We ask that each rig point is load tested to 1 ton. If this information is not is not found by consulting the original architectural plans for the building, we may recommend that you have a structural engineer assess the rig points. Non-standard performance spaces may require a site visit by the performers/riggers (extra cost). If you have no existing rig points in your event space, we can arrange for the hire of a free-standing rig to support the aerial performance (extra cost).

What is the access to the potential rigging point?
Ladders, access walkways, access trussing, cherry picker hire, climbing equipment.

Are their any obstacles to rigging or performing in the space?
Lights, mirror balls, heating ducts, sound equipment, décor, naked flames, or equipment on the stage beneath the performers.

Where is the equipment when not in use?
It is sometimes necessary to page aerial equipment up out of the way of public access. This can easily be done with pulleys provided by the performer and rigged at the same time as the aerial equipment. If the equipment needs to be paged in and out during an event, we ask that a stage hand be provided to do so, and that this is rehearsed during the technical rehearsal.

FOR THE PERFORMANCE

Technical rehearsal:
A full run through with music, sound and lights, and any stage managers/hands, will be required for most performances. This needs to be at least 2 hours before the actual performance time.

Space:
The area around the base of each piece of aerial equipment and a path from the changing rooms to the performance area needs to be clean and dry as many aerialists perform with bare feet. A performance area/stage of approximately 3m x 3m underneath the aerial equipment (free of clutter, musical equipment and audience members!) will be required for some aerial acts. If there are to be roaming audience members/staff, we recommend stewarding or clear boundary markers (e.g. rope) to demarcate the edges of the performance area.

Lighting:
To maximise the impact of the aerial performance it is preferable to have the rig points for the aerial equipment centre stage and for the whole performance space to be adequately lit - it is quite common for lighting crews to forget to light the whole height of the aerial performance area! This is why we recommend a technical rehearsal in the space.

Backstage:
The aerial performers will require a secure changing room and a warm up space that is clean and warm with a floor that is suitable for lying on. The performers will need adequate time to warm up their muscles before each performance. Light refreshments would be greatly appreciated.

EQUIPMENT
Our aerial equipment is made from high quality materials and all equipment is checked before and after every show for signs of damage or wear and tear.

Equipment used:
Silks: Pieces of fabric (usually polycotton) 16 or 20 metres in length, doubled over and knotted in the middle at the rig point.
Rope/Corde Lisse: Cotton climbing rope usually 10 metres in length.
Web: Cotton climbing rope with a small loop attached a third of the way down from a swivel placed between the top of the rope and the rig point.
Trapeze: A steel horizontal bar with two vertical parallel ropes usually about 4 metres in length attaching to two rig points approximately 60cm apart. Sometimes trapezes can be rigged to a single point with a swivel allowing the trapeze to rotate. Access to trapeze is usually a cotton rope rigged approximately 1 metre to one side of the trapeze.
Hoop: A steel ring approximately 1 metre in diameter, attaching with either 1 or 2 lugs welded to the top of the ring. Access to the hoop can be via a rope as the trapeze, or via a short length of material slung over the hoop.
Attachments: Aerial equipment is usually attached to the rigging points using climbing slings and alloy karabiners, or industrial strops and steel karabiners. Industrial steel cables and trussing are sometimes used to rig equipment in spaces higher than 10 metres.

Insurance
All performers have public liability insurance of a minimum of £10 million.

Rigging and de-rigging
The performers and/or riggers will arrive at a pre-arranged time to rig the equipment. The performers may then require a technical run through of the act in the space with sound and lights, with plenty of time allowed for the aerialists to warm up prior to rehearsing and performing.

After the show is over, the performers and/or riggers will de-rig the equipment at a time pre-arranged with the client. This is usually immediately after the performance, but in some cases (e.g. events that go on late into the night) it could be the following day. It is helpful to have parking close to the venue at the time of the rig and de-rig for the loading and unloading of equipment.

Usually the rigging will be done by the performers themselves, all of whom are highly competent riggers of their own equipment. On some occasions it is necessary to hire in an additional rigger for complicated or high spaces; this would always be in arrangement with the client.

Length of act:

  • 7 mins (performers can do character walkabout for up to 20 mins before the main aerial show)
  • This aerial act can be performed up to 3 times in a day if adequate recovery time is allowed between performances

Please Note: The fees indicated below are approximate and based on a central location for each county. They are intended to provide a rough guide only and exact quotes can only be given once the date and exact location of your event have been provided.

Scotland

Aberdeen £540.00 Inverness £540.00 Perth £540.00 Sutherland £540.00 Ayrshire £540.00 Fife £540.00 Stirlingshire £540.00 West Lothian £540.00 Dumfries-shire £540.00 East Lothian £540.00 Lanarkshire £540.00 Midlothian £540.00 Glasgow £540.00 Edinburgh £540.00 Dundee £540.00

Foreign Locations

Europe £600.00 Rest of the world £600.00

North East

Durham £540.00 Northumberland £540.00 North Yorkshire £540.00 South Yorkshire £540.00 Tyne and Wear £540.00 West Yorkshire £540.00 Yorkshire £540.00 East Yorkshire £540.00 Leeds £540.00

North West

Cheshire £540.00 Cumbria £540.00 Manchester £540.00 Lancashire £540.00 Merseyside £540.00 Liverpool £540.00

East Midlands

Derbyshire £540.00 Leicestershire £540.00 Lincolnshire £540.00 Northamptonshire £540.00 Nottinghamshire £540.00 Rutland £540.00

East

Cambridgeshire £540.00 Norfolk £540.00 Suffolk £540.00 Norwich £540.00

Wales

Anglesey £540.00 Caernarvonshire £540.00 Denbigh £540.00 Flint £540.00 Cardigan £540.00 Brecon £540.00 Carmarthen £540.00 Glamorgan £540.00 Monmouth £540.00 Pembroke £540.00 Wrexham £540.00 Cardiff £540.00

West Midlands

Gloucestershire £540.00 Herefordshire £540.00 Shropshire £540.00 Staffordshire £540.00 Warwickshire £540.00 Worcestershire £540.00 Birmingham £540.00

South East

Bedfordshire £540.00 Berkshire £540.00 Buckinghamshire £540.00 East Sussex £540.00 Essex £540.00 Hampshire £540.00 Hertfordshire £540.00 Isle of Wight £540.00 Kent £540.00 Oxfordshire £540.00 Surrey £540.00 Sussex £540.00 West Sussex £540.00 London £540.00 Middlesex £540.00

South West

Cornwall £540.00 Devon £540.00 Dorset £540.00 Somerset £540.00 Wiltshire £540.00 Bath £540.00 Bristol £540.00
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