professional wrestling acrobatics

The last time I watched any professional wrestling it was Mickey Rourke in the 2008 film The Wrestler.

Seems wrestlers have increasingly been adding gymnastics to their choreography. Forward and back flips. Gainers. One guy throws a gainer full to front drop.

Click PLAY or watch some highlights on YouTube.

Ludivine Furnon playing at the beach

Ludivine Furnon (born October 4, 1980 in Nîmes) is a retired Olympic athlete from France. She was the first French female gymnast to ever win a medal at the World Gymnastics Championships.

Although she attended dance classes from the age of eight, Furnon did not study gymnastics until April 1992, when she was eleven years old. …

LIKE her (amazing) photo on Facebook.

tumbling at La Nouba

1. Full, Double Full, Triple Full
2. Rudi through to Quad Twist
3. Full-Full Tuck to ½ Out
4. Full-Full Straight + ½
5. Miller Straight (Check the nice arms by the sides)
6. Arabian-Split-Rudi Out
7. Miller Straight + ½
8. Full-Full Straight to Triple Full
9. Miller+

Click PLAY or watch it on Facebook.

via coach Matthew Sparks

biomechanics of Circus

Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil in Vegas.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

After all these years, Boris Verkhovsky is still energized. He’s Director of Acrobatic Performance and Coaching at Cirque. And Boris is very much a biomechanist coach. He loves to push the limits of the laws of physics. :-)

Cirque Du Soleil Allavita!

Cirque ‘Special Events’ has a new show playing this summer at Expo 2015 Milan, Italy.

Allavita! is the evocative title of this new exclusive production that will be presented during the Expo and will include the participation of over 50 Italian and international artists. This performance for the Universal Exposition of Milan 2015 will be set in a spectacular open air theatre from May 6 to August 23, 2015.


Click PLAY or watch a preview on YouTube.

Thanks Tom.

related – new Cirque arena show November 2015 – TORUK – The First Flight, inspired by James Cameron’s AVATAR. (VIDEO teaser)

backward handspring race

Japan 1996.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Greg Roe linked to another race on Facebook.

Actually, a young boy’s tumbling feats in a circus performance is even more impressive. (VIDEO)

Thanks Rhys.

Cirque du Soleil majority stake sold

More performances in China and Asia planned.

Cirque du Soleil (“Cirque”), the world’s leading producer of high-quality live artistic entertainment, today announced an agreement under which TPG, a global private investment firm, will acquire a majority stake in Cirque du Soleil to fuel growth and take Cirque’s iconic blue and yellow big top to exciting new markets.

Cirque du Soleil’s Founder, Guy Laliberté, will maintain a stake in the business and will continue to provide strategic and creative input to the company. …

“After 30 years building the Cirque du Soleil brand, we have now found the right partners in TPG, Fosun and the Caisse to take Cirque du Soleil forward to the next stage in its evolution as a company founded on the conviction that the arts and business, together, can contribute to making a better world,” said Guy Laliberté.

“Just as importantly, I am thrilled that the investors have demonstrated such a strong commitment to Cirque’s unique Québec cultural heritage and the creativity and imagination of our people.” …

Press Release

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